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Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks

Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks
It’s been my dream to make my 2nd grade classroom look more like a “Starbucks for kids”, and less like, well, a classroom. Think about when you go to Starbucks to complete some work. Why do you choose to work there? Where do you choose to sit? I usually gravitate towards the comfy seating choices like the couches and big chairs, and yet, I see people choose the tables and chairs over and over again. Regardless, when you walk into Starbucks, you have choice. As I sat in our local Starbucks this past summer, I looked around and thought—why can’t my classroom look like this? After several weeks of planning and a little bit of faith, what resulted was this: But how did I get to this point? What did your process look like? Before I even purchased a single thing, I thought about why I was doing a classroom redesign. Looking around my classroom, I quickly realized that I had far too much furniture, so I got rid of four tables, my huge teacher desk, 20 traditional chairs and a file cabinet.

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A new school year: Setting up your teaching space Dylan Meikle, a PYP workshop leader, an elementary school counselor at the Western Academy of Beijing and prior homeroom teacher In this article you will find some ideas on setting up your teaching space at the beginning of a new school year. Busy days rearranging furniture and organizing resources characterize the buildup to a new school year. Mix in a pinch of nervous energy and a whole lot of good intention and teachers can spend dozens of hours preparing their physical space for their new class. But in all this bustle and rush, are we missing opportunities to create classrooms that will maximize teaching and learning?

Character education - digital citizenship In Part III of Digital Community, Digital Citizen, I create a hypothetical "ideal school board" whose members want to pursue digital citizenship in their school district. This leads them to consider how "character education" - a pre-digital age era movement to infuse ethics and character development into public education - can be adapted to the issues of living in the digital age. Invitation to readers: Feel free to add any resources related to character education to this page. Also, feel free to add links to any of the pages you see in the navigation column at the left. When in doubt about where to add something, please add it to the "Other" category and I will sort it out later. To add to this wiki you need an invitation from me.

education-2025.wikispaces The Physical Space The days of classrooms where a teacher desk sits at the front of the classroom and students’ desks are neatly aligned in rows are over. Learning technologies, and changing pedagogical methods, are not only changing the way we teach but also the physical environments we teach in. The role physical environments play in our learning is just beginning to be studied and understood. Akinsanmi (2011) asserts that “there is little research on the role the physical environment plays in the learning process” but more and more educations theorist and psychologists are beginning to offer perspectives “from which designers can conceptualize the creation of an optimal learning environment” (The Optimal Learning). One thing that is clear from the research of the physical spaces which make up learning environments is that current classrooms seldom facilitate 21st century learning.Image taken from:

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