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French, Raechel; Imms, Wesley; Mahat, Marian – Improving Schools, 2020
This article explores the characteristics of a successful transition of a school from traditional classrooms to an innovative learning environment. Many schools today are converting traditional classrooms into spaces which are flexible, supporting a wide array of teaching and learning possibilities (i.e. an 'innovative learning environment').…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Classroom Environment, Classroom Design, Space Utilization
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Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
Using metaphor to clarify pedagogical understanding and to anchor teacher beliefs and knowledge to meaningful contextualized mental maps can have powerful consequences in schools. Frequent changes in school staff and clientele present schools with the challenge of how to share culturally specific messages quickly and effectively to those new to…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Academic Achievement
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Conway, Joan M.; Abawi, Lindy – Improving Schools, 2013
The term "schoolwide pedagogy" was once rarely heard and yet has now become a part of most discussions around school improvement. But what does it really mean and why is the presence of a schoolwide pedagogical framework important? Some would say that in their school the adoption of an authoritative approach such as Habits of Mind,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Capacity Building, Leadership, Educational Practices
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Roberts, Amanda – Improving Schools, 2011
This article explores the learning arising from a pilot inter-school visits programme in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Teachers from two schools undertook a series of visits with the aim of developing learning and teaching in their schools. The pilot sought to understand ways in which such a collaborative visits programme could be used to build…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, School Visitation, Teacher Collaboration