Hinged on the sustainability principle, there is an ongoing modification of the traditional teaching methods to give way to non-traditional methods of learning. The traditional approach to teaching is teacher-directed, which how teaching should be. However, if it follows cookbook steps regarding facilitating demonstrations and activities, this might not lead to learning the valuable knowledge and skills that the students should be learning instead.
Put simply, non-traditional teaching and learning strategies can enhance the quality of both. There are many ways to implement these strategies. Campuses in Nuvali take such strategies seriously.
1) Classroom arrangement
One school believes that students’ spatial, physiological, psychological and behavioral needs must be considered primarily. Hence, the classrooms are generously-spaced with high ceilings. The bright and airy ambiance makes the classrooms look and feel warm. For one, the students face one another to encourage both collaboration and teamwork without sacrificing the teacher-student interaction. The reason behind is communication is the primary emphasis of the holistic education program.
Another school is co-educational but follows the co-divisional model. As such, the students are educated separately – girls and boys – in selected classes. However, the school provides various opportunities for interaction inside and outside the classrooms.
2) Teaching material
With 21st century learning as the primary goal, the schools are deemed as digital schools. A campus within the estate, which goal is to bring various classroom resources, is equipped with IT infrastructure. This enables the school in implementing a 1:1 computer-based teaching and learning. The main aim is to develop self-directed learners.
3) Building location
In nourishing this new approaches to learning, an active learning environment must be established. Determining where the school administration wants the classrooms and students to be is fundamental to this method.
The schools are within Nuvali, the country’s first large-scale integrated eco-community developed by Ayala Land. Hence, the main feature of the schools is the green environment. One school boasts a stunning view of Laguna de Bay while the other school is bordered by a river in the north and the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary along the west.
Taking advantage of the surrounding, further, is apparent in the designs of the building and supporting facilities. For one, the modern buildings are dubbed as green buildings with an emphasis on energy-efficient features and lush grounds that are complemented by various artworks and installations. These entertaining spaces mainly commune with nature and thereby create an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning in the process.
In one school, each floor of the main building has a new color that complements with the natural lighting. Forced ventilation is achieved to make each classroom cooler. The windows overlook the landscape outside. It is literally “a school within the forest” more so because of the 60:40 ratio between open spaces and structures.
Non-traditional learning thereby is not only about the methods used in facilitation, but more so about the overall setting. With this goal, it is crucial to know what the non-traditional teaching and learning goals are and seamlessly tie these goals into a conducive environment.
This article is written by Lem Zambrano, a blogger from Manila. Aside from writing about Nuvali, he’s interested as well in sharing about some party venues in Manila