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Edutopia. Edutopia. Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn.


I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning? And what small changes can you make in seating, organization, lighting, and decor to build your own space into a better place to teach and learn? Video Playlist: Innovative Learning Spaces Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Flexible Learning Environments (04:02) Students and teachers at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas, talk about the district's experiment with creating classrooms of the future to foster 21st-century skills at all grade levels. 20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking.

20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking by TeachThought Staff This is part 1 in our #iteachthought campaign.

20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

Edutopia. Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning.


With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it's not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they're first introduced. So how do we encourage teachers everywhere to believe that great changes can happen in their classrooms? By helping them envision small, practical steps that will lead them there. Here are five elements of 21st-century classrooms, along with concrete suggestions that teachers can visualize and implement today. Global Education Episode 5: Designing a school that reflects local culture. You're listening to the Global Education podcast series from Teacher magazine.

Global Education Episode 5: Designing a school that reflects local culture

Hello, I'm Jo Earp. Throughout November we're exploring the theme of learning spaces. Earlier this month we brought you news of the World Architecture Festival awards. Today we're taking a closer look at one of the shortlisted finalists - a project to update the facilities at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, a Maori language immersion school. My guest is Ben Dallimore, a Project Director at RTA Studio - the lead architect behind the design. Jo Earp: Ben Dallimore, welcome to Teacher magazine. Ben Dallimore: Hi Jo, thanks very much for the opportunity to talk to you today. JE: Now, this project was an interesting one in terms of design. BD: Just by way of background, I think the regional population is about 8000 so it's quite a small town.

The Kura inherited this and moved into them ... and had to make do I suppose with not the best facilities. So, we've tied those in too, to the wings. Learning spaces: The shifting lens. In 2003, I interviewed Herman Hertzberger, an architect from the Netherlands, for an article I was writing.

Learning spaces: The shifting lens

I was very much interested in his perspective on school design; for he understood that classrooms should offer a variety of activity settings to support the diverse ways that people learn. More importantly, he understood that learning should not be confined to the classroom, but rather must extend beyond the classroom, into corridor spaces (Lippman, 2013). His design approach was innovative, because it was grounded in pedagogical concepts that he learned from his wife, who was a Montessori school teacher. Nonetheless, he revealed how he wished that the school design of Northern Europe was as pioneering as the work he had seen from the United States. I was astonished by this, for I had always believed that the schools in Northern Europe were by far more innovative than what I knew in the USA. These teachers and principals wanted to better understand the framework that I used. Crafting collaborative places.

School designs from around the globe. Throughout November, Teacher is exploring the theme of learning spaces.

School designs from around the globe

To kick things off, we take a look at the latest developments in school design, showcased this week at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. The Ballet School in St Petersburg, Russia, has just been named the winner of the School Buildings category at this year's World Architecture Festival. School design teams around the world face different challenges - from providing basic sanitation facilities and cool spaces in warm climates, to energy-efficient elements. The shortlisted projects were: Redesigning My Classroom Environment. I moved my classroom at the end of the school year.

Redesigning My Classroom Environment

I moved my posters, my bookshelves, and my computer cart. What I didn't move, however, were my traditional tables and chairs. Edutopia. I decided to focus on learning spaces this year in the classroom and around my school.


It led me to create a makerspace in my school's library, but it also led me to take a hard look at the classroom. Last summer, I visited my classroom and decided to change it around. The entire process started with one simple question: "Is this room designed for me or for my students? " It was on this question that I based every decision I made when it came to designing the room.

The Benefits of Desk-Free Teaching. Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need. How it's done: Giving Students a Choice in How They Learn "From day one, I've said, 'You may sit anywhere you like as long as you're safe in our classroom,'" says Katie Collins, a Woodbrook Elementary School second grade teacher.

Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

Becky Fisher, the director of educational technology at Albemarle County Public Schools, is interested in learning about the thinking that drives student choice. "What we're really striving for are those choices that have a lot of thought behind them. We want kids to really be strategic about where they go," Fisher says. She painted the picture of walking into a classroom and seeing kids: Lying on the floor Sitting at low tables on their knees Standing up. When Fisher walks into a classroom, she asks the students the reasoning behind why they choose their particular learning space. "Why are you standing right now?

" 20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking. 20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking by TeachThought Staff This is part 1 in our #iteachthought campaign.

20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

This is our equivalent to “back to school,” and is intended to help you focus in the 2015-2016 school year on taking a thoughtful approach to your craft as a teacher. Among these shifts we’ll talk about is turning our focus from content and teaching to thinkers and thinking.