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  1. loreleik@waikato.ac.nz' Lorelei King-Salisbury says:

    What is important to remember that not all students are outgoing and able to cope within this environment all the time, whether they have a secure attachment to a staff member or not.  The need for some students to be able to sit quietly within an area that they are familiar with at break times in order to 'recharge' themselves to deal with the environment they are in during learning times is vital to their well-being.  Refer to Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  

  2. Kia ora Lorelei, Very good comment. I would even go a bit further and say that at times every student probably needs opportunities to reflect and recharge, depending on what is happening for them. We know that reflection is a crucial part of the learning process, and a lack of competing stimulus (noise, visual activity) enhances the quality of that reflection. And it's equally true that outside of learning, finding a spot for quiet contemplation supports wellbeing. A good question for all educators to ask is: 'where are the quiet spaces in our environment?'

  3. […] This CORE Education blog post by Lynne Silcock, Will Innovative Learning Environments Work for Everyone, addresses some of the concerns that parents and teachers have. Some noted that a child might feel lost, forgotten, or overwhelmed in larger, open learning spaces. Also of interest is Mark Osborne’s post: Will my child get lost in an innovative learning environment?. […]

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