The objective with education in a Newton Room is that the students shall have attained high quality learning outcome and a sense of great learning experiences.
In order to reach these objectives, we have the following principles for education in Newton Rooms.
Practical, varied and exploratory methods of work
Practical – The education in a Newton Room should focus on practical activities where students have access to concrete materials and equipment that enhance the learning objective. The equipment is often different from that which is found in traditional classrooms. In the Newton Room there are enough resources for everyone, and all the students should be active and “hands-on” participants. Student activity also includes active participation in discussions or conversations. The practical activities are designed with the learning outcome of the session in mind.
Variation – The education in a Newton Room should be varied in terms of methods, equipment, tasks and place of work. Variation throughout the day will ensure learning outcome for students, regardless of their starting point and level of motivation.
Exploration – The assignments given in the Newton Room should be Low Threshold High Ceiling. Such tasks are exploratory and have multiple solutions or strategies. The students can create their own challenges and strategies, collect information, and analyse. In the Newton Room, the students work on problem solving and there is time for curiosity and discussion about strategies.
Discussion, conversation and reflection
An important factor in the process of in-depth learning is productive dialogue between Newton teacher and students, as well as amongst students. In the Newton Room there is sufficient time to allow students to use scientific terminology, argue their case, reflect, and choose strategies. Using scientific terminology is important for learning. Students participate actively in discussions, and a well-planned discussion can function as a learning activity in a Newton module. Good discussions help the Newton teacher ensure valuable learning processes and reach conclusions in conjunction with the students.
Collaboration and teamwork
Students work together in the Newton Room. Collaboration is a skill for the future, hence the students always work in groups or pairs in the Newton Room. Learning is reinforced during interaction and conversation. The Newton teacher facilitates positive interaction, providing clear tasks and guidance in establishing good working relationships.
Relevance is key in multiple aspects of education in the Newton Room
Relevant to the students’ lives and experience- Newton Room education should be connected to real-life issues and things that students are familiar with. The students should be able to perceive the activities as useful and important to them.
Relevant equipment - The equipment used for activities in the Newton Room should be appropriate to reach the learning objectives.
Relevant for the future - The students will be challenged to work with educational methods relevant for the future, e.g. connecting knowledge from different sources/resources, data interpretation, critical thinking and moral reasoning, scientific methods and mindset, digital problem solving, understanding connections between subjects/subject areas, and social skills.
The quality in the Newton Room should be in the form of:
Quality in management and network – The Newton Room should be well-established with the local authorities. Good-quality framework conditions ensure better education.