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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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. Element #1: Zones 21st-Century Learning Principle Instead of requiring students to learn, work, and think in one place all day, consider how your space might become more flexible. Practical Steps Element #2: Accessibility Ask your students for feedback on how they use and would like to use classroom resources. Element #3: Mobility

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