How teachers arrange the furniture in classrooms gives a peek into how teachers teach. Look at these photos taken last year of elementary and secondary classrooms that have different furniture arrangements. Note the different arrangements of desks. In the first photo, rows of movable desks face the front of the classroom where the teacher’s desk […]Continue reading “Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How Teachers Teach — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice”
The Al Baydha Project is amazing! The video and story are narrated very well by Neal Spackman, who co-founded and directed some of the project . If you are into learning about conservation ecology, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, rural poverty and climate change, then check out the Al Baydha project in Saudi Arabia. This project […]Continue reading “Regenerative Agriculture potential in Saudi Arabia — Date Palms & Camels”
I am investigating the permaculture in the desert for the Nature strand of MBAT. I want to move away from the woodland focus of northern Forest schools. This man in Senegal has achieved something remarkable! Senegal native and permaculture pioneer Goran N’diaye has created a lush oasis in the middle of the desert in hisContinue reading “Senegal farmer grows lush oasis in the desert using permaculture techniques”
“I didn’t mean it!” is not a good enough excuse for schools. We all have a duty to be aware of the implications of what we say and how we say it
We think it is better to keep this real: we love it when parents read to their kids, have deep conversations with them, go for a hike or visit a museum.
Hadiqa is a Farm School. The philosophy grows out of the “Nature Schools” movement. Children at primary level learn through direct contact with nature and the world around them. They grow food, learn about plants, and use Nature for artistic inspiration
The curriculum for the Fuzzy Houbaras Preschool is enlightened, compassionate and reasonable; it is underpinned by the school’s values and Mission. It is guided by sensible childcare provisions and is open to inspection by all relevant bodies.
The word curriculum looms over some teachers. Not at MBAT. We always have just the right amount of curriculum. It’s a question of definition: you see, we say that curriculum is everything that happens in the school, not just what goes on in lessons.
David Jackson explores the importance of an intentional innovation strategy exploring new school designs. It is interesting how many of the features he mentions were already a part of our school design. What do you think? Is this the way to go? Source: New School Models — School Design Lab
Body, Mind and Spirit define our core values at MBAT. Values are different from the Mission of the school. They are strongly felt emotional attachments to ideas. We think the best practices of this school have to arise from a set of core values