Collaborative learning spaces within a school allow students to learn effectively in groups, encouraging each other to ask questions, explain and justify their opinions, articulate their reasoning, and elaborate and reflect upon their knowledge. The teacher then acts as a facilitator, helping students with their research and guiding them through the learning process.
Research has found this to be beneficial in helping students learn effectively and efficiently versus more traditional independent learning. Some positive results from collaborative learning activities have been documented in research and include:
● Students are able to learn more material by engaging with one another and making sure everyone understands.
● Students retain more information from thoughtful discussion.
● Students have a more positive attitude about learning and about each other by working together.
To create collaborative learning spaces, we need to provide the resources for information processing, collaboration, assistance, and management of the learning activities. These include technology, flexible furniture that allows for different configurations, appropriate lighting, acoustical control and finishes.
Neighboring districts have experienced the same issue of continually aging buildings. Bond programs have been approved and implemented all around us, including Farmington with $131.5 million in 2015, Northville Public Schools with $104.85 million in 2017, Wayne-Westland Community Schools with $158 million in 2018, Huron Valley Schools with $182 million in November 2019, Ann Arbor Public Schools with $1 billion, and Novi Community Schools with $185 million in November 2019. In today’s competitive environment, districts seek every advantage.
Bond proceeds cannot be used for the following items:
● Salaries and wages
● General operating expenses and maintenance
● Classroom supplies and textbooks
Bond proceeds can be used for the following items:
● Construction and remodeling of facilities
● Purchase of instructional technology equipment
● Equipment and furniture
● Site improvements
● Bus purchases