"Positive teaching assumes we will make the most of pupils' potential, building on and describing their successes, rather than defining their limitation." (Rob Barnes, 1999).
About learning :
Learning involves the active construction of meaning.
Learning facts and learning to do are two different processes - which explains why students can seem to understand but still fail to apply theory.
Students need practice in extrapolation and transfer of knowledge.
Learning with others is more effective than learning alone. (collaboration)
Meaningful learning is facilitated by articulating explanations to one's self, peers or teachers. (pp 40-41)
All the above statements were extracted from Weimar, M (2013).
My main message is teachers, if they haven't gone to a forum like MindLab for a while, please do so- I guarantee it will be worthwhile, refreshing and who knows, may be it will resuscitate and give a 'new' meaningful life to a teacher in 21st Century.
Now from John Hattie's literature:
"As a generalisation, learning spaces have traditionally been built to respond to an approach to teaching that saw a teacher with a designated class teaching from the front of the room. A number of these individual spaces were served by a central corridor. This works well for class/workshop type instruction but lacks adaptability for use for other learning settings. It also results in large, dedicated circulation spaces (i.e. corridors) which might otherwise be incorporated into more space for learning. The following diagram illustrates the traditional spatial typology (on the left) and three examples of more adaptable spaces more suitable for MLE (on the right)".