Each of the 3 classrooms is subtly different – teachers with laptop/tablet hybrids, ceiling mounted speakers, tables with wheels, walls that can be written on….the list goes on. I tried to count the differences, but got distracted at 82.
Throughout the testing phase of the project, we have celebrated some of the roaring successes, and learned from some of the failures along the way. Einstein once said, “anyone who has never failed has never tried anything new” – the same can’t be lauded at BIS HCMC.
So what does this mean for the future? [cue drumroll]
Over the summer break, our final blueprint will be rolled out in many of the classrooms here at the Secondary Campus. For me, this will represent the cherry being placed on an already very well baked and iced BIS HCMC cake.
However, is there an unintended consequence of the project? Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has often talked about how, as a society, we have become too risk-averse:
"People are under enormous pressure, I think, to not fail. Parents don't want to see the pain of failure. Teachers punish you for failing. Your boss punishes you for failing. So people learn throughout their life gradually, to find all sorts of ways to not fail, which frankly is easy to do.”
Hopefully, students have noticed that we have made some mistakes along the way. The most obvious of which is [cue hands up] the choice of paint colour – I’m no interior designer. However, without these errors and the process behind them, we wouldn’t have such well-developed plans for the future of your children’s classrooms. I just hope the students of rooms 223, 228 and 323 can forgive me for my choice of Dulux skywatch, glass green and meadow flower.
Lee Falconer, Assistant Head Teacher – Teaching and Learning