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. 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. Students Take Ownership So I visited the class. I suggested that she ditch the exercises and work with the class to totally change the physical environment. They spent six weeks doing little else. There are at least two lessons from this story. The physical structure of a classroom is a critical variable in affecting student morale and learning. The Custodian’s Favorite Arrangement Here's a related story. More Ideas, More Resources
Innovation Starts in the Classroom Part of a series of case studies produced by Digital Promise examining the work of members in our League of Innovative Schools. Click here for more info on the League. To stay up to date on future case studies, sign up for our email newsletter. Location: Meridian, ID Enrollment: 36,200 students Superintendent: Linda Clark Per-pupil funding: $4,500 Low Income: 30% In school districts, strategic decisions that affect teachers – what textbooks to purchase, what classrooms look like, and what instructional approaches teachers should use – traditionally come from the top. And recent advances in educational technology mean there are an unprecedented number of digital solutions for districts to choose from. One district counting on its teachers to move schools forward is West Ada School District, formerly known as Joint School District No. 2, in Meridian, Idaho. "How to change classrooms has to come from teachers." “How to change classrooms has to come from teachers,” she says. A Bottom-Up Initiative
untitled 8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. Recommended Reading: Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] 1. We’re still waiting for Augmented Reality to take the world by storm by way of Google Glass, gaming and awesome apps for astronomy. It’s expected to wow audiences with its AR capabilities, which allow users to see additional information layered over what they see through the lens. Read Also: 5 Top Augmented Reality Apps For Education Read Also: How Augmented Reality Is The Next Big Social Experience A New Way To Teach Virtual field trips are also possible with AR. 2. 3D Printing 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Master Classroom | DesignShare Originally printed in Edutopia magazine, June, 2006 “Master Classroom” Let Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Jamie Oliver show you the future. By Randall Fielding, Jeffery Lackney, Prakash Nair The industrial era had a long run, both gritty and great, but it’s over. The problem is, someone forgot to tell the education establishment. In these little factories, every day we can find teachers encouraged (and often compelled) to mass produce learning and marginalize the differences in aptitudes, interests, and abilities. As school planners and architects, we challenge communities and clients to explain why a regimental row of desks facing a chalkboard needs to remain as a school’s primary building block. But if not the old-style classroom, then what? Laboratory in Three Dimensions: Leonardo da Vinci’s work space would incorporate the hands-on elements of an artist’s studio, a science lab, and a model-building shop. Da Vinci Studio: Action Through Synthesis of Knowledge 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Books and Music Dealing with ALL the Feelings! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues and the really BIG feelings for young people such as grief, dementia, disability in a parent, childhood cancer, adoption, diversity in family life, family breakdown, the endless nature of love and the crushing emotional pain of bullying – hyperlinks take you to specific books. Young people need to see their lives reflected in literature and in music – to know they are not alone and to know they are understood. Books and music which deal with issues and feelings give children the vocabulary to help them articulate their feelings and the strategies to deal with tough situations. I recently had a friend staying with me who shall remain nameless, though she’ll probably out herself and we did a fair bit of driving around places. The Youtube clip below gives you an overview of most of the songs or you can download the album here. You can download the album here.
20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking 20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking by TeachThought Staff This is part 1 in our #iteachthought campaign. 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. This is a student-centered approach to pedagogy (and heautagogy), and will consist of three parts: Part 1: Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking Part 2: Learning Profiles: What Great Teachers Know About Their Students Part 3: 50 Questions To Ask Your Students On The First Day Of School Learning Is An Ecology Can how you setup your classroom impact how students think? Desks are a staple of the ‘modern’ classroom as we know it. So what can we do? So, the bit about “classroom setups impacting thinking.” Note, we’ve placed an asterisk* beside those approaches that are more strongly suited to “thought” than others.
shoeless learning spaces total learning: shoeless learning | superclasses | rooms within rooms | write-on surfaces | toilets | schools-within-schools | sound | learner led | science spaces | phones: how young? | tiered seating | little details | flat screens | rule of 3 |. . . . ©professor stephen heppell Let us start with a clear disclaimer: nobody knows why this works, although there are many hypothesies. It probably started on mass in Scandinavia where many children learn with their shoes off. So many schools are trying it - they confirm a complex mix of significant gains: the children seem simply to behave better; carpets are much cleaner - and more hygenic - this is particularly comforting for parents, but I am involved in a costing study currently (2013) which is suggesting around 20% cleaning and maintenance gains, reduced wear nd tear on the furniture and more. So this adds up to better learning, better bahaviour, less stress for everyone, cheaper maintenance, better engagement... what's not to like?
Transforming the school library for innovative learning The joy of reading is something that stays with someone for life and for many, this joy has its roots in the school library. Reading for pleasure is also inextricably linked with higher achievement and social mobility, making the school library a place of great importance in a child’s life. While the end goal is the same, the layout of today’s library has changed considerably from even a few years ago to accommodate high demand for technology and the shift from a quiet space to a learning hub for both groups and individuals. It is imperative, therefore, that the design and resourcing of the school library is meticulously planned by those with expert knowledge. School News spoke to industry insiders for advice on refitting the school library. Consider your space Start by looking at your space, advises Scott Reed from Resource Furniture, suppliers to hundreds of school libraries across Australia. Case study: Albany Senior High School, Auckland Questions to consider Space Signage Collection
SchoolVision tuo tuloksia - Philips Veldvest, peruskoulu, Wintelre ”Olemme huomanneet keskittymisen ja rauhallisuuden kasvaneen luokkahuoneissa. Se tekee meistä optimistisia SchoolVision-ratkaisun vaikutuksesta." Jane van der Heijden, Veldvestin peruskoulun rehtori Foundation Veldvest on 16 peruskoulun yhdistelmäorganisaatio, erityisopetuskoulu ja oppimisvaikeuksista kärsivien lasten koulu. Kahden luokkahuoneen alkuperäinen valaistus vaihdettiin SchoolVision-valaistusratkaisuun, jolla valon voimakkuutta ja värilämpötilaa voidaan säätää luokkahuoneen aktiviteettiin sopivaksi. Tutkimusten alustavien tulosten perusteella SchoolVisionilla on positiivinen vaikutus koulun oppimisympäristöön. The School Librarian as Learning Alchemist The landscape of learning is changing. Children and young adults learn not only in school but fluidly across home, school, peer culture, and community. This transformation in learning and the school environment has prompted educators to ask challenging questions about how to develop learning spaces to meet these needs within the sometimes competing economic, social, and political realities. At the same time, school librarians continue to serve their communities by linking children, young adults, and teachers with both the information they need and the skills to use it. We’ve identified three trends that we see as most affecting the role of the school librarian in the near future. Information on demand In the near future, there will be a significant reduction in physical library space and collections. Even as some schools move to virtual collections, the opportunities for school librarians to influence learning will actually increase. Connected learning The school librarian of the future
hs On tavallinen aamu Leppäkorven koulussa Vantaalla. Ryhmä 1A-luokkalaisia irrottaa keuhkoja muoviselta mallinukelta lattialla, toinen kuuntelee stetoskoopilla hengitystä, kolmas miettii sisäelinten nimiä. Pöydän ääressä väritetään pääsiäismunia. Omaa pulpettia ei ole kellään. Samantapaisia kokeiluja tehdään parhaillaan joka puolella Suomea. Täällä Leppäkorvessa sisustusta ei selitä mikään virallinen fiini projekti. Kumpikaan opettajista ei tänään seiso luokkansa edessä luennoimassa. 1B-luokan opettaja Päivi Vainionpää-Vastamäki kiertelee tuolla laskijoiden joukossa. 1A:n Laura Merenvainio kyykistyy mallinuken viereen neuvomaan ja kertoo jollekin nopealle, mitä tehdä kirjoitustehtävän jälkeen. Juhani Niiranen HS Aino Ruokonen (vas.), Ilona Hyvärinen ja Elias Tilli siirtyvät matematiikan kirjojen kanssa opetuspisteeltä toiselle. Opettajakaksikko työskentelee vierekkäin Leppäkorven koulun vanhassa puurakennuksessa. Saman tilan pitää taipua moneen. Opetustila ei lopu luokan ovelle.
Ultimate Teen Space The Mix at the San Francisco Public Library is a teenager’s idea of paradise, with places to chill with friends, be creative and explore technology, as well as room to study and read. The Mix is based on the learning theory of HOMAGO, providing teens with spaces to hang out, mess around and geek out and allowing them to explore information and technology and design and create. The popularity of SFPL’s teen space can be attributed to the fact that teens were involved in the planning every step of the way. Entrance Area and Interactive Wall The Mix entrance has comfortable seating surrounded by glass walls. When teens learn that the touchscreen only works from inside the space, they’re excited to know that only they have access to this impressive technology. The touchscreen is a powerful communication tool.