The Ardennes experiment with the school of tomorrow

What will the classrooms of tomorrow look like? This is one of the questions asked by schools, colleges and high schools in the Ardennes. The Directorate of Departmental Services of National Education won last July a call for expressions of interest from the State on innovation in school form

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Experiments already launched

Pioneering teachers have already imagined new ways to learn in Ardennes classes. at theBlanpain school in Sedan, Sarah Nicole’s CM1-CM2 students are no longer lined up on tables facing the blackboard and the teacher. They have the right to lie down on the floor, to sit on the radiators. “The fact of moving allows students to become actors of the knowledge that is asked of them“, notes the teacher. It also encourages their autonomy. In the jargon of the educational body, this is called a “flexible class”.

“These are pedagogies that involve much more and therefore motivate much more” – Sylvain Bruyère, professor of history and geography at La Retourne college in Juniville

A comparable device exists at La Retourne secondary school in Juniville. In the timetable of pupils of third figure of half-days “free courses, guided courses“. Students work simultaneously seither alone or in small groups in a modular classroom by mobilizing the resources they want under the gaze of the teacher who navigates from one workshop to another: digital board, computers, documentation… “We see the development of skills of sharing, cooperation and above all a greater commitment“, attests Sylvain Bruyère, professor of history and geography within the establishment.

A bus for traveling classes

These experiments launched in 2020 now integrate a larger project, on the scale of the Ardennes department: the project “OASIS”
(Organization of learning in the service of school itineraries). Over the next 5 years, it will benefit from grant of 7 million euros of the Bank of Territories. Example of expected achievement: the commissioning of a bus that will allow students to “traveler class”. “It can be a bus that sets up in the village square with class time in the village hall with local actors“, imagines the Director of National Education Services, Catherine Moalic.

Innovation right down to the building

The Department of National Education Services in the Ardennes wants to see initiatives proliferate, from school to high school. The educational community can count on the support of an expert to guide thinking. Laurent Jannin, teacher-researcher at the University of Cergy Pontoise will accompany the volunteers for 5 years. Specializing in school architecture, on 16 November last in Charleville-Mézières he led a seminar entitled “Building the school of tomorrow”.

Classroom furniture will make it possible to implement the pedagogy of “flexible classes”.
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The classroom is no longer just the teacher’s sanctuary. The hallway, for example, can become a space where students work. The students build themselves together and the teacher is there to help them give an opinion, to discover, to contradict themselves”explains Laurent Jannin.

Among the most original examples of experimentation were mentioned high schools without buildings. In Helsinki, in Bordeaux, the pupils do not go to school because there is none. Chemistry lessons are given at the factory, for example. The canteen is the restaurant. And the municipal library serves as a documentation center.

A reflection integrated into the college plan of the Ardennes

Without going that far, the Departmental Council of the Ardennes, whose the college plan provides for the construction of two establishments in Monthermé and in the Ronde-Couture district in Charleville-Mézières, intends to integrate these new learning organizations into the development of building plans. “It falls when the department is rethinking college buildings and their internal organization“, rejoices Nathalie Robcis, president of the Education Commission of the Ardennes departmental council. “It will be part of our reflection“, concludes the chosen one.

The Ardennes experiment with the school of tomorrow