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Students exploring an art installation by Alina Grubnyak – a large white room containing a spherical frame of black cords, with many black cords reaching out to the walls and floor

Dynamic learning in a time of dynamic change

I like a challenge as much as the next person. Since I began my vocation as an educator at MacLachlan, every year has been marked by dynamic change. This year, however, has amped up the dynamism by a very considerable factor.

In preparing this post I started out with a list of transitions and transformations we’ve initiated in our lives and those of our students. I stopped after the first page when I realized that this pattern of innovation has been a constant since the school first opened its doors.

MacLachlan for years has operated as a school where dynamic learning is a core component of our approach. It’s an approach that is characterized by constant change, activity and progress.

Learning Strategy - Chess

It’s probably a reliable assumption that many of us grew up in an educational environment that revolved around static learning. Let’s consider an example of the difference.

We all had to learn the names of the provinces and the capitals. In a static learning situation that meant drawing a map and annotating the names. In a dynamic situation, students could explore each province on Google Earth, do screen captures of significant landmarks, learn about some of the significant economic factors of the province and add in some of the cultural differences. This then could be compiled as a video presentation with a soundtrack of regional music and shared not only with their classmates but uploaded to a sharing platform to be accessed by other schools!

MAC classroom furniture

“The most common reaction of
the human mind to achievement is
not satisfaction, but craving for more.”

– Yuval Noah Harari

 

Regardless of the current circumstances of profound change to our day-to-day lives, we remain driven by the knowledge that students excel and become future-ready when they are inspired to explore real-life challenges which get them well outside of the norms of a strict curriculum.

MAC students studying outdoor

Classrooms at MacLachlan reflect the professional and business world of today where collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking, flexibility and problem solving are key skills. MAC is committed to ensuring that students develop critical thinking skills, adaptability, resilience, higher cognitive skills and the intellectual capacity to think holistically and abstractly about complex systems and be creative in defining how they will meet the future with powerful knowledge and capability.

Mac students meet the future with powerful knowledge and capability.

That’s dynamic and we are so proud of how our students, teachers, staff and parents have responded and maintained the momentum of positive change we’ve experienced for years.

Author: Lisa M. Duranleau | Executive Director

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