The "Modern Learning" series in the Herald was a learning experience indeed for grandmother Denise Mills.

She agreed to accompany senior reporter Simon Collins on an exploration of classroom practices and was frequently surprised by the levels of innovation and engagement going on.

It's uplifting to see ways are still being explored, especially to bring disengaged students 'into the room'.

As the 67-year-old pointed out, much has changed since her time behind a wooden desk, gazing at a blackboard as chalk writing was scratched up for the classroom to repeat over and over again until the phrases or sums were ingrained.


In some cases, in fact, the classroom itself has disappeared. At The Gardens