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How is Narbethong different?

 

Active Learning Classrooms at the school do not resemble the image of a traditional classroom. Our classrooms contain a range of different equipment that enables our students with vision impairment and additional disabilities to learn in a range of different learning environments.

Classroom teachers and related therapists create a range of individual learning environments for the students from which they are able to learn through their own play. Setting up a learning environment in the classroom, that enables learning to occur, necessitates knowing as much as possible about what the student is already able to do. Crucial for program development is the observation of the students and assessing their levels of development in the various areas of:

  • Communication
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Spatial relations
  • Ways of playing
  • Daily living skills
  • Emotional development

Classroom teachers create learning classrooms for the students that enable them to have opportunities to:

  • find the optimal way for active movement that they can do themselves (not necessarily a "usual" pattern of movement)
  • learning begins from their current developmental level not their chronological age
  • repeat activities as many times as is necessary to store information and to know that a specific action gives them the expected result
  • compare experiences, to discover differences and similarities and to associate and link new experiences with those they already know
  • learn across all developmental levels
  • share interests and experiences with others.

Adapted from Nielsen (1993)