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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom
Editor's Note: Author David Bill is a designer and educator who consulted with The Third Teacher+ on the Remake Your Class project highlighted in the videos below. The tips in this post go along with the companion video. We are excited by the simplicity (and low price tag!) of this great redesign. Hope you'll share any of your own tips in the comments area below. If you're thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process. 1. Students are your primary users and should be at the center of such a remake process. Create Visual Inspiration Ask parents, colleagues or friends to donate a variety of appropriate magazines. Digitally, you can utilize Pinterest as a way for to create a "board" of inspiration. Students Define Pain Points 10x10x10 Student Helpers 2. Word Association

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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 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.

Advice for a Kindergarten Teacher ~ Linky Party I'm coming to you today with a linky party hosted by Sharing Kindergarten! Here are my top 4 tips: I know there are probably things that you HAVE to have at a certain time - lunch, PE, Music, a reading block or math block. Since those things are generally set in stone, try to make sure the rest of your schedule suits your students' needs. Have a plan for several activities the first day or two and then observe how they do. You may have a class that needs more frequent bathroom breaks. De nouveaux espaces pour apprendre Robin Wright and her students discuss their classroom and how it works in this very nice, 4-minute video clip. The clip is originally from here, but has been placed on this page for your convenience. According to Dr. Wright, "what the movie doesn't show is the overall course philosophy. We leave the students to do the lower levels of Blooms on their own, by reading the text with study questions.

Master Classroom 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. Child development: 5-6 years child; development; five; 5; six; 6; social; emotional; understanding; physical; speech; language; relationships; independence; social; skills; play; reading; lefthanded ; Many children begin school at five. This is because by five most children have developed enough independence and understanding to enable them to cope away from home for such a length of time. As always, this varies with each child and some will be more ready than others to be away from their parents and to make relationships with people outside the family.

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. The Physical Environment Of The Classroom Matters For Learning Tuesday, January 15, 2013 The classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%, finds a new study: “The research, by professors at University of Salford in Britain, was carried out in seven schools in the Blackpool area. Evaluations of 34 classrooms with differing learning environments and age groups took account of design parameters such as classroom orientation, natural light and noise, temperature and air quality, as well as use of color, flexibility of space, and storage facilities and organization. The scientists concluded that 73% of the variation in pupil performance driven at the class level can be explained by the building environment factors measured in the study. Current findings suggest that placing an average pupil in the least effective, rather than the most effective, classroom environment could affect their learning progress by as much as the average improvement across one year.

6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever Editor's note: High school English teacher Cheryl Morris co-authored this post. Good help is hard to find, and real friends are made. In our classrooms, we take that literally. Puppets change the entire classroom by creating more possibilities for creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and curiosity. They give students a (sometimes silly) voice and put them in the role of creator.

Reasons and Research – Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces Creative Commons license image source We’ve converted a few classrooms to more collaborative spaces over the last few years at The College of Westchester, and faculty reaction has generally been quite positive. These initial room changes have revolved around modifying the layout of a few classrooms from the row-by-row footprint of the traditional lecture room to a more interactive, group-oriented layout of round tables. We are now looking to move towards the next iteration of this evolution by creating a technologically enabled space for collaborative learning. I had the good fortune of sitting through several sessions at the recent UB Tech conference focused on successful implementations of flexible learning spaces. As a next step, I searched out and reviewed some of the many articles and resources available on the Web that focus on this topic.

Freebies Galore for your Meet and Greet, Orientation or Open House!! - Little Warriors Hi friends! I know, like me, many of you start school THIS WEEK!? Can you believe it?!? Where did the Summer go??? 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:

Crockett's Classroom Forever in Third Grade: Help your kids SPARKLE Another school year is about to begin. All those bright, smiley faces will soon be focused on you and you want to make sure the year starts positive and stays positive. Hopefully, you'll be blessed with a class where staying positive is easy. But chances are, there will be some days when it will be a challenge to keep that positive attitude. That's why you need a tool box of ideas. Here are a few suggestions for when you're having a difficult time tapping into that positive attitude.