EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – It’s still early on in the school year, but the initial returns regarding the trio of “innovative classrooms” at the Bronxville High School have been positive from students and teachers alike.
Earlier this year, High School Principal Ann Meyer announced that the Board of Education agreed that three classrooms should be outfitted and redesigned to emphasize collaborative learning, rather than traditional, lecture-style lessons.
According to the district, the “brand new learning spaces featuring state-of-the-art technology at the Bronxville High School are allowing students and teachers to move away from lecture formats toward more diverse students-directed learning experiences. The innovative spaces also provide an opportunity for student-to-student feedback and collaborative work.”
The plans for the innovative classrooms were born after a series of faculty visits to similar locations this year, including the I-Lab at Horace Greeley High School and Avenues and Google offices in Manhattan.
Bolstered by grants from the Bronxville Schools Foundation, the “redesigned classrooms reflect an interest in moving away from lecture formats toward more diverse, student-directed learning experiences,” according to Superintendent David Quattrone.
“The new space allows me to project on multiple screens and allows me to host multiple student leader discussions in multiple places at one time. It helps a lot to have a vehicle to write and visually make connections with students, so they’re the ones coming up with their own questions at the end of class, and then investigating things further on their own,” one of the teachers assigned to the new classrooms said, adding that the classrooms have thus far served their purpose.
“I’ve noticed that, in using the classroom, that there is a higher level of student engagement. I feel like kids find themselves more comfortable. They choose where they sit, go into their area and the smaller discussion groups allow them to feel more comfortable with their classmates.”
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