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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

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. Since implementing flexible classrooms, Albemarle County Public Schools have noticed that: Their students' grades have improved.Their students seem happier and more engaged.Their students are participating more and having more invigorating conversations. 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. Becky Fisher, the director of educational technology at Albemarle County Public Schools, is interested in learning about the thinking that drives student choice. She painted the picture of walking into a classroom and seeing kids: Lying on the floorSitting at low tables on their kneesStanding up

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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. 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.

UDL-LDC Crosswalk The goal of this document is to provide an overview of how two educational frameworks, Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), complement each other in the design of curriculum in order to build pertinent literacy skills for all learners. At their core, both LDC and UDL have the goal of providing high quality curriculum to ensure learning is maximized for all students. To meet this goal, both frameworks recognize that it is essential to provide strong supports for educators in the design of robust instructional modules, units, and lessons.

Bringing Lessons to Life with Animoto Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Learning Clubs: Motivating Middle School Readers and Writers Students participate in learning clubs, select content area topics, and draw on texts—including websites, printed material, video, and music—to investigate their topics, and share their learning using similar media. Rethinking the Classroom – Research Educators, researchers, and students are discovering the benefits and advantages of cooperative, active, and engaged learning. Classroom spaces that support such a shift in teaching and learning have lagged behind. A significant opportunity exists for maximizing learning opportunities and creating meaningful experiences by rethinking the classroom experience. “Learning is not a spectator sport…[Students] must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.” —Chickering and Gamson

Classroom Seating Arrangement Good morning! :) One of the most important things to me is how you arrange your classroom. UDL-CCSS Video Crosswalk The National Center on UDL library of UDL principles and practice videos illustrate how to apply the UDL guidelines to classroom lessons. They can also be used to demonstrate how to address specific Common Core State Standards (CCSS). View the following videos and read these overviews to learn which UDL principles, UDL guidelines, and CCSS are highlighted in each video. The Grade 1 Mathematics video specifically addresses these Mathematics CCSS: CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2: Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones.CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2a: Understand the following as special cases: 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones—called a "ten."CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2b: The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

Plickers 2.0 An Easy to Use Student Response System Why Should You Use Plickers? Plickers is a FREE app that can be used on any IOS or Android operating system developed by Nolan Amy. Meet 4 Teachers Who Took Classroom Design to the Next Level - A.J. JULIANI Wow, what can we say! This past summer we decided to start a learning space design challenge on ClassroomCribs.com to highlight all of the amazing “cribs” that you have designed for students. Instead of just “aesthetics” we focused this challenge on brain-friendly learning spaces that promoted deep learning and engagement through design. 2020's Learning Landscape: A Retrospective on Dyslexia Presidential Address, 71st IDA Annual Conference; Beijing, 2020 by David Rose and Ge Vue The following article, written by David Rose and Ge Vue in 2010, imagines the future by “pre-creating” the Presidential Address at the IDA Annual Conference in 2020.

Classroom Behavior? There's an App for That The school year is over! Yeah! But as you know, teachers' minds immediately turn to what we can do differently next year. Considering the fact that classroom management is one of the biggest challenges teachers face, we are always searching for something that will work. This year I started using ClassDojo, a classroom management system that has consistently helped me with the behaviors in my classroom. It's very easy to set up whether you're using an Apple or Android device -- there's an app available for both. 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. 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.

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A Step by Step Tutorial on How to Flip your Classroom with TED Ed Below is a visual guide to walk you through the process of how to created a flipped lesson using TED Ed website. First head over to TED ED and :1- Click on " Find and Flip " 2- Find YouTube Videos for your lessons You can search YouTube for a video to build a lesson around. This video will be the centerpiece of your lesson. 3- Click to select that video then click on " Flip this video " 4- Listed /Unlisted Now you can choose whether you want your flipped lesson to be discovered by TED community or not simply by clicking on Listed/Unlisted button.

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