visual environment

The visual environment refers to the visual references within the school and in the various learning environments.  We believe that the visual references should engage individuals to be creative, think critically and have an emphasis on learning. At Danube we make frequent use of learning routines to activate visible triggers for research skills, critical thinking and student learning roles.  This visible thinking is then displayed in our classrooms and offices.  Key words such as Excellence, Engagement, Excitement, Empathy and Ethics are subtlety displayed in corridors. As the visual environment can have a significant effect on our community members, this focus on creativity, critical thinking and learning, we believe, will better enable Great Learning to occur.

 

However, if a school pays little attention to its visual environment then opportunities for Great Learning will not be maximised. For example, a learning environment with bare walls and drab colours does not provide enough visible triggers to engage and stimulate learners either consciously or subconsciously. 

Room Signs

Room Signs

Excitement

Excitement

Student Logo

Student Logo

IB World School

IB World School

Creativity

Creativity

IB Curriculum

IB Curriculum

Routine

Routine

front of building

front of building

DISV-Logo

DISV-Logo

"striving for EXCELLENCE by ENGAGING minds, EXCITING learners, acting ETHICALLY and showing EMPATHY"

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