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Edutopia. Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning? *Donate to my Donor’s Choose Project: Any donations made before May 17th qualify for a dollar to dollar match when donors use the code LIFTOFF during check out.

Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning?

My first year teaching I remember spending the week before school setting up my new classroom. A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms. I was supervising a teacher who was enrolled in our program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that focused on developing student self-knowledge, ego strength, trust and community in classrooms.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

We had created a manual with over 50 classroom lessons. She was teaching at a high school in an economically depressed district in northern Appalachia. She called me in a state of frustration. "I've used dozens of the exercises you guys developed, and they're not the least bit interested. There's no sense of community, and the trust level is non-existent. Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? Do you have mystery objects that attract the curiosity of students, leading them to ask questions that foster meaningful conversations?

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Is your classroom visually stimulating for the students? Does it cultivate creativity, and more importantly, is it filled with objects, images, and even props that help your students learn -- even when they think they're not learning? Like most teachers, I decorate my classroom with posters and objects that help promote learning, but that also lend a little pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum learning environment. It is typical, for example, for science teachers to have full skeletons and periodic tables in the classrooms, or for history teachers to have maps and portraits of famous historical figures pinned to the walls. However, the best teaching props are the ones that are not so obvious and that help the teacher reach students in unexpected ways.

Mega Seating Plan - free classroom seating plan generator. How classrooms look around the world — in 15 amazing photographs. To mark last month’s World Teachers’ Day (sponsored by UNESCO , the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), photographers from Reuters took pictures around the world of educators with their students in a telling exhibit of the very different circumstances under which children attend school.

How classrooms look around the world — in 15 amazing photographs

Here are 15 pictures taken by Reuters photographers, revealing the spectrum of “classrooms” — from those with literally no resources to those well-stocked and housed. Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015. (Reuters) local answer-sheet. Hur är ditt klassrum möblerat? Why I Decided Getting Rid of My Classroom Furniture Was the Best Thing for My Kids. The following video features the AlphaBetter® Standing Desk with fidget bar that teacher Abby Brown and a local furniture company collaborated on when traditional furniture wasn’t working in her classroom.

Why I Decided Getting Rid of My Classroom Furniture Was the Best Thing for My Kids

Watch it and then read on to find out why Abby gave in to her students’ need to fidget. My Classroom Doors. I have two doors in my classroom that are "growing" as we march through the year.

My Classroom Doors

I thought I would share their progress with you as this first semester ended. My front door is a year long record of our classroom learning. I call it the "Graffiti Door" and at the end of the day, I ask the students to share something they learned over the course of that school time. After listening to a few, I choose one of those students to add what they said to the door.

This serves two purposes. The second door I have in my room is our "book shelf". Sample classroom floor plans. A Traditional Classroom (see floor plan) A traditional classroom is often set with the desks in rows, the teacher’s desk or table somewhere in front of the room, and student desks moved far enough apart to prevent easy wandering of eyes during tests.

Sample classroom floor plans

This arrangement packs desks into the room efficiently and lets student have easy access to their seats, but it certainly does not have to be the default room arrangement. The learning environment should be designed according to learning objectives and desired outcomes not just habit or a janitor’s best guess. However, this arrangement is probably the best for controlling behavior, ensuring that there is space for you to walk, preventing cheating on traditional testing days.

Here the role of the teacher is a policeman. Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Fran Siracusa, co-founder of and educational technologist for Calliope Global.

Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

As citizens of the world, students in today's classrooms seek global contexts for learning. Opportunities for networked and international collaborations are bringing both the world to classrooms and classrooms to the world. With a focus on international standards of instruction, globally-minded programs inspire students to be curious through investigation and reflective in analysis of thought. These pathways lead to the development of cultural literacy by allowing students to examine issues of global significance through interconnected sharing of experience and exchange of ideas. Collaborative learning spaces empower students to work with each other and with students in classrooms of the world to assume multiple perspectives, explore alternative solutions, and thoughtfully solve problems. 1.

Få en unik insyn i nybyggda Spekeröd skola. Classroom Seating Arrangement. Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need. Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need Flexible classrooms give students a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and help them to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking.

Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

Since implementing flexible classrooms, Albemarle County Public Schools have noticed that: Edutopia. Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? Sample classroom floor plans. A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms. Bo Hejlskov Elvéns blogg. Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work. Well-designed classrooms can boost learning progress in primary school pupils by16%, new research reveals. Tuesday 24 February 2015 For the first time, clear-evidence has been found that well-designed primary school classrooms can boost learning progress in reading, writing and maths.

Well-designed classrooms can boost learning progress in primary school pupils by16%, new research reveals

This is according to the results of the HEAD Project (Holistic Evidence and Design), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and undertaken by The University of Salford. Published today (Wednesday 25 February 2015) in a new report - ‘Clever Classrooms’ - the research reveals how differences in the physical characteristics of classrooms, such as air quality, colour and light, can together increase the learning progress of primary school pupils by as much as 16% in a single year.

Read the 'Clever Classrooms' report here Read the 4 page summary report here. Skoldesign med rum för lärande. Korridorer är dåligt utnyttjade miljöer, menar Peter C Lippman. Han försöker göra dem större när han skapar nya skolor. 7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have. There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials.

You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven learning zones. The discovery, news, supplies, community, quiet, teacher, and subject area zones will help you establish routines, save time, and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school.