The first school we were visiting was Krikaskoli, an amazing school in so many ways - it came about as the result of a competition for the best design of a school building as well as a complete ethos & philosophy. The building is incredible, such a brilliant piece of architecture & extremely well finished. The basic design is that of a tree, so the ground floor is supposed to reflect the trunk of the tree, whilst the first floor is the branches & the roof the leaves etc.
|A beautifully designed school|
Kristen was very generous to take the time to show us around this school that has based itself on the democratic model of John Dewey. The administration side of the school was all housed in the one area, with lots of offices, meeting rooms & again a beautiful staff room where people could really relax away from work. There was a large picture window out into the main foyer but a blind could be pulled down if privacy was needed.
As the building is based around a tree, each of the classrooms have a 'nest' a horseshoe shaped soft padded area where the teacher & pupils gather for group time. We also saw some boys lying inside the nest doing some maths whilst others sat at desks & one boy even stood on a chair. It did make me question why we as teachers spend so much time & energy ensuring children are sitting 'properly'. On reflection if the work is being completed does it matter if a child is lying on the floor to do it?
|Completely on task.|
|Cleaning, craftwork & woodwork for primary children.|
|Wonderful vice-principal at Reykjakot|
|Gorgeous art work at Reykjakot|
I am eternally grateful to Tom & Hulda & all at Fafu Toys for making this trip possible. I hope they know how much the experiences I had on this visit will influence my practice for many years to come.