Learning Through Play

On Thursday, I had the privilege of visiting the International School of Billund (Denmark). This Pre-K to Grade 8 school follows the IB PYP and MYP. Yes, there are LEGOs everywhere, but ISB is not a school focused on LEGO, it's a school focused on children. 

Key take-aways:

1) ISB is not purpose-built. It is a re-fit of an existing school. It is always possible to re-think the space we have.

2) For elementary and middle school students, the classroom is more of a home base than a prison. Learning happens throughout and beyond the school. The school is built around a central maker-space with workshop rooms for art, robotics, resistant materials, textiles, and more.  Children also make use of the outdoor spaces in Billund and community resources such as the public swimming pool.

3) Displays are informative, but not fussy. They capture the immersive and on-going nature of learning.

4) Play matters. For everyone. From the foosball table in the teachers' workroom to the display of parent comments on play, it is easy to see that ISB values the role of play in lifelong learning,