Date
17 June 2019

Introduce students to the new space prior to moving to build familiarity and minimise challenging situations

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Prepare for change

Prepare for change

Create a revisitable resource e.g. a book, slideshow, or video of the new spaces for students. Include things they may be anxious about, such as where to hang bags, where they can sit, and quiet spaces.

Use a visual timeline

Use a visual timeline

Create and refer regularly to a visual timeline showing the dates and steps to prepare for change.

Timeline tools provides a selection of online tools.

Visit the new space regularly

Visit the new space regularly

  • Arrange for students to visit the new spaces on several occasions before moving in.
  • Show photographs or videos of the new spaces and talk about what will happen in them.
  • Prepare a scrapbook on the new space for students to familiarise themselves with how it looks, and where they can work in the space.
  • Discuss any concerns the students may have about the move and address these directly.
  • Use social stories to practice routines, systems, and ways of working.
  • Visit locations in the new space that may be different to the current classroom space (for example, work spaces, the gymnasium, the cloakroom).

Practise routines prior to moving

Practise routines prior to moving

Lucy Fong explains how her team converted single cell classrooms to FLSs. They trialled different uses of space prior to building their new FLS.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Involve students”:

Return to the guide “Planning innovative learning environments (ILEs)”

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