Twenty-first Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners
The environments we operate in provide cues, nudges and incentives that influence our actions in subtle yet profound ways. Think of the effects that a bike path has on the likelihood that students will ride their bikes to school if it leads safely to the school grounds. The path makes riding bikes an easy, and safe, choice for parents to support, knowing their children are not riding in busy traffic and the path also serves as a fun and active way to start the day.
Recognizing the importance of promoting healthy learning environments, Ever Active Schools is proud to deliver the 21st Century Spaces project. Partnering with organizations to leverage the health promoting work of many, this project aims to influence the way schools are built in the future.
We have seen changes in pre-service teacher education, teacher professional development, curriculum design, and even the outcomes children will gain from their education. The 21st Century Spaces project is an opportunity to make sure our social and physical environments keep pace with these changing demands of education.
Research has shown that healthier children are better learners and we want to play a part in supporting the development of future school builds through a health promoting lens.
The project involves several initiatives that school communities can participate in. See the links below for more information.
Professional Learning Opportunities
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Ongoing and Upcoming Project Initiatives
Click here to read general research supporting activity-permissive learning environments
Don’t Walk in the Hallway
Promoting active hallway transport to increase physical activity
View PowerPoint about the history of a the project in Panorma Hills School. Developed by Chris Fenlon-Macdonald
Hear how one school has implemented this resource, and see it in action here!
Watch a video of the hallway tiles and a story of successful cross-curricular lesson implementation
Purchase Don't walk in the Hallway Resource Package here
Don’t Sit Still in Class
Developing standing and multi-level classrooms to promote active learning