More Appropriate Workplace Culture, Programmes and Pupils
Now that’s been many years in the making! We have accomplished a lot to realize the concept of blended learning as a permanent part of every teacher’s working day, and have even had the chance to witness its potential impact on the classroom itself.
An office collaborative environment is a place that allows new ideas to flow freely, from the individual to the collective through the collective mind. With this in mind, with this view in mind, why does our culture around blended learning not reflect a positive set of values and beliefs that support learning strategies with open minds?
This isn’t to say that the current classroom environment is a disaster or something that doesn’t support blended learning and learning styles, but the fact is that in too many cases, it is not a welcoming place for teachers to introduce their innovative new approach. There is a very clear need for greater workplace harmony and in some situations this can prove to be a huge problem for those who may have other objectives that need addressing while they are trying to find the right balance between schoolwork and their first day of work experience.
The first thing that is essential is to look at how the building environment relates to the workplace and the lessons of this relationship. Many teams will be wary about attending a work event at a school they were recently told about, so that is certainly a very important factor to consider in light of other possible cultural concerns.
More importantly though, the school has to be willing to host work events at any number of points in its internal organisation. It has to believe in the long-term benefit of such a movement if it is to become truly viable. It is vital that a collaborative approach for workplace and classroom purposes is developed and further adjustments are made in the pipeline.
This means looking at both sides. Perhaps there are organisational changes that need to be made at the school level. Perhaps things have to change in order to better meet the requirements of the shift in mindset required within each school to accommodate an equitable blending of traditional learning with blended learning – adjusting procedures, raising budgets, employee training, outreach – it all makes a huge difference.
Regardless of what point of the journey we take in our own workplaces, it is important to respect and value your colleagues, not because they are the only ones you will have to share things with but because they are unique individuals with different learning styles and ways of approaching different situations.
This means the attitude that a classroom work environment should be understood from an individual and not from a group should be revised.
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So do you still believe that the typical classroom will be blended into something else in time? Or do you think that the quickest way to make this happen is to adapt an existing work environment?
Whatever the case, the most important thing is that you work together to try and find a solution that will work, because it isn’t going to happen overnight.
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