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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces
"Look at your learning space with 21st-century eyes: Does it work for what we know about learning today, or just for what we knew about learning in the past?” -The Third Teacher Does your classroom mirror the rectilinear seating arrangement popular in Sumerian classrooms, circa 2000 BCE? Or is your classroom seating flexible and tricked out with the IDEO designed Node Chair by Steelcase? What classroom design changes can you do on a budget that supports learning? The Basics To rethink your student seating arrangement, use Kaplan's floorplanner and try out with names like lasso, the robot, and the big x. Flexibility: Students should be able to easily transition to functional spaces, such as a class library, literacy center, computer area, stage, reading nook, etc. Also, your classroom walls are important learning real estate -- spaces to fill with content-related murals, posters, banners, whiteboards, and bulletin boards. Make Sure Bulletin Boards Are Teaching Tools Perhaps not. Related:  Classroom Environment

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Another study found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact positive or negative over the course of a school year. Here’s a quick list of the most valuable classroom decoration and design resources. Classroom Design Resources Tip: One of the best ways to get ideas is to look at classrooms. Blog Posts Interviews with Experts Erin Klein on Classroom Design [Every Classroom Matters episode]3 Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student with David Jakes [Every Classroom Matters episode]Chemistry Teacher Oskar Cymerman’s quest to Starbucks My Classroom [Every Classroom Matters episode] New! Tools to Help You Design Your Classroom Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit – this free how-to toolkit from IDEO introduces educators to design.

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces If you’ve ever attempted to clear your head by taking a walk outside or zoning out by a window as the clouds roll by, you’ve intuitively hit on something that scientists have been researching for years: Our natural and built environments seem to affect how we think and feel. Researchers have recently focused on determining how environmental factors can affect kids’ ability to learn. Studies show that a well-designed learning environment supplements evidence-based pedagogy and curriculum design. Let’s examine four environmental factors that can enhance or hinder learning. Daytime Light Exposure Can Boost Learning Light does more than just allow us to see the world around us. Even more importantly, all light is not the same. One study of 21,000 U.S. elementary students showed that, over one school year, kids who were exposed to more sunlight during their school day displayed 26 percent higher reading outcomes and 20 percent higher math outcomes than kids in less sunny classrooms. 1. 2. 3.

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

7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials. You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven classroom zones. 7 Zones for Optimal Classroom Organization 1. Share samples of different projects so that students have a jumping-off point. 7 Essential Classroom Zones 2. 3. You can also use this space for reference materials like formula and vocabulary charts, cheat sheets, study guides, manuals, textbooks, clipboards, and spirals or journals. 4. At the start of the year, you’ll lead the discussions, but students should be guided until they can open, facilitate, and close the meetings. 5. 6. This zone is also your professional space where you plan, prepare, grade, analyze data, and complete your reports. 7.

Exit les pupitres dans la classe de Mme Marie-Ève | Patricia Cloutier | Société Publié le 01 octobre 2016 à 20h28 | Mis à jour le 02 octobre 2016 à 18h50 Dans la classe de cinquième année de Marie-Ève Gagné, fauteuils, divan, coussins, ballon et table basse remplacent les traditionnels pupitres. Le Soleil, Patrice Laroche (Québec) Marie-Ève Gagné a fait le grand ménage dans sa classe cette année. «Ça change la dynamique. Dans son école située à Cap-Santé, les travaux en petits groupes sont de plus en plus privilégiés. Avec quelques cas de trouble de l'attention avec hyperactivité (TDAH) dans sa classe, l'idée de changer le mobilier a mijoté au cours de l'été. Avec quelques cas de trouble de l'attention avec hyperactivité dans sa classe, l'idée de changer le mobilier a mijoté dans la tête de Marie-Éve Gagné au cours de l'été. «Les élèves, au début de l'année, ils ont fait un saut. L'aménagement de la classe incite davantage à la discussion, remarque la prof. Des «conditions gagnantes» Une bonne idée, mais non aux classes 100% ballons Photo fournie par Bouger pour réussir

Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning Alli: Anybody want to share about how they're feeling today? Evan, how are you feeling? Evan: Hungry! Alli: You're feeling hungry. Owen: I'm feeling sleepy, excited and fine. Alli: Wow, you're feeling lots of emotions today. Definitely noticed a change in some of my shyer students. No matter what kind of morning they had at home, they're going to come into my classroom, they're going to sit in a circle and be with their friends. Molly? Student: And I hope you have a great time. Molly: Thank you. Alli: In order to get any kid to learn, they really have to feel safe. The greeting part of Morning Meeting, it really changes day-to-day. So today I'm going to hand you one card. Student: How are you feeling? Student: Okay. Student: Okay, thanks. Alli: The more that you can make the behavioral stuff for your entire classroom, instead of just focusing on individual kids, it really helps those kids not feel so isolated, for things that they're trying to work on. Today is? Students: Wednesday!

The school of the future has opened in Finland Child psychologists have long argued that changing the approach we take to education would help many children learn to love school rather than hate it. We’ve all heard pre-schoolers talk about how they can’t wait to sit at their school desk and run to their next lesson with their rucksack over their shoulder. In fact, we probably remember that feeling of excitement ourselves the first time we went. But right from the first days of school, many children feel a huge sense of disappointment with what they encounter. At the Saunalahti school in the city of Espoo, Finland, they’ve found a brilliant way to overcome this problem. Across its 10,500 square metres, there’s a primary school, a secondary school, a kindergarten, a youth club, theatre, cafeteria, library, gym and many other things. The pupils are allowed to move around the classroom on their miniature office chairs (remember how much your teachers used to tell you off for that?)