What is a ‘Small Learning Community’?
Small Learning Communities (SLC) segment large groups of learners to create smaller, more intimate groups within them for further understanding to take place. In schools, this is usually prized by the term “small class size,” however TCAAD focuses on design-thinking and models. When designing physical spaces to reflect that need, they are referred to as Small Learning Communities.
Why Small Learning Communities?
Small Learning Communities allow teachers to promote efficacy in their specialties while gaining support through team teaching and developing a professional learning environment. Strategies like Project-Based Learning can work in isolated classrooms with a good teacher, but they are most effective when teachers of various interests and abilities work together as a team to deliver a multidisciplinary program for the students.
Students aren’t the only ones learning, through cooperation with their peers, teachers too benefit from spending time, closely working with their fellow teachers, sharpening their skills in the process.
Students benefit from team teaching curricula, not hampered by a teacher’s weakness in any given area because that might be a strength another teacher in the group possesses. Team teaching also facilitates the use of block scheduling. Teachers will also have a co-working space separate from the small learning community classrooms.