Recently a good friend of mine mentioned that her school was building a bus shelter. "Do you have any ideas as to how we could modify or improve the design?" was the question she asked, hoping to give the children a nicer place to be while they were waiting for the bus.
I put my thinking cap on, and the ideas I came up with were painting the inside with whiteboard paint or blackboard paint, so that the students would have something to "doodle" with while they were waiting. I wondered about a vertical garden on the outside, where edible plants could grow. I thought about the floor and how it could be painted with markings. Then I found out the bus shelter isn't going to have walls -it will just be 4 posts with a cover overhead! So back to the drawing board!
However, I thought it was great that the school's parent group was thinking about how they could maximise an opportunity. An important reminder that no matter how big or small a project is, there is always a chance to innovate!!
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.