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Modern Classroom, Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, described the way in which this model will begin to shift: Students will learn in student-centered environments— perhaps we’ll call them learning studios—where each student’s learning is personalized to meet his or her precise needs. It will be critical to rearrange the physical space and furniture to align with the principles of student agency, flexibility, and choice that are the core of new learning models. Because these models will leverage multiple modes of learning, they will need spaces built for different activities, which can occur individually through digital media or in small interactive groups. Task predicts performance. If schools and educators have any hope of preparing students for the challenges of a highly unpredictable future with challenges ranging from climate change to ideological extremism, they must begin change not only how learning happens, but also where it happens. Inculcating soft skills and cognitive flexibility first and foremost requires the creation of spaces within schools in which students can practice those skills. Most importantly, this must be a process that involves the entire community, drawing on the insights from the learners themselves. The NCEF report, despite its critical view, offers hope for the future and arguest that a “reflective, open, and honest

design community with robust feedback loops is critical to learning what works well for educational environments.” The appeal has already been met by many institutions scattered across the globe, and Prakash is currently working with NIST International School in Bangkok to bring this collaborative approach to life. From his perspective, NIST represents the “best of the old” and from this point of strength can capitalize on its strong community to become a model for a new educational paradigm. In early March, Prakash and his team visited the school and led interactive sessions with teachers, staff, board members, students and parents to gain a sense of the community’s culture, as well as the common understandings of teaching and learning. The shared ownership helps develop the key drivers of the later designs in the process, leading a final blueprint that will be wholly unique to NIST. The reimagining of the physical space in the campus will in turn drive the creation of authentic learning opportunities that mirror what students experience outside of the school. To Prakash, change is imperative: “schools will either fade out of existence or reinvent themselves to give meaningful experiences to students”. Education must begin producing learners who are not simply good at tests, but rather are agile thinkers who can navigate a complex world and enrich the lives of others throughout their journey. April 2018 • ScandAsia 33

ScandAsia April 2018  

ScandAsia is a magazine dedicated to serve all the Scandinavian people from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland living in China, Hong Kong,...

ScandAsia April 2018  

ScandAsia is a magazine dedicated to serve all the Scandinavian people from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland living in China, Hong Kong,...