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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? Those questions and more are answered below. 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. Perhaps not.

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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. Teacher talking time, control it to keep your students focussed Teacher talking time in your English language classroom Teacher talking time is often forgotten. Teacher talking time is particularly relevant when teaching English to foreigners because it stops your students from talking. Teacher talking time can de-motivate and confuse your students if it is not properly used. Controlled teacher talking time is important for keeping your students focussed and motivated. Classroom Floorplanner Create your dream classroom with Kaplan's Classroom Floorplanner! Our free online classroom design tool can help you arrange your space and see how your favorite Kaplan products fit into the classroom. Enter the exact dimensions of your classroom, and then simply drag, drop, and rearrange products until you are happy with the result.

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story? Do you have mystery objects that attract the curiosity of students, leading them to ask questions that foster meaningful conversations? Is your classroom visually stimulating for the students? Does it cultivate creativity, and more importantly, is it filled with objects, images, and even props that help your students learn -- even when they think they're not learning? Like most teachers, I decorate my classroom with posters and objects that help promote learning, but that also lend a little pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum learning environment. It is typical, for example, for science teachers to have full skeletons and periodic tables in the classrooms, or for history teachers to have maps and portraits of famous historical figures pinned to the walls. However, the best teaching props are the ones that are not so obvious and that help the teacher reach students in unexpected ways.

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. The Raising Children Network website has a lot of information about school aged children, including information about development, behaviour, fitness, health and daily care.

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. And yet, we don’t seem to value questioning as much as we should. For the most part, in our workplaces as well as our classrooms, it is the answers we reward -- while the questions are barely tolerated. To change that is easier said than done.

Library Studies - LIS568 Reflection on class I have learned so much this semester. My vision for the future is for me to be a Teacher Librarian in an elementary school! The knowledge that I have gained this semester has given me the confidence that I can do this. My vision of a teacher librarian has been and continues to be one in that the librarian is a teacher. Not one who just reads to students and gets them to check out books to read. My students will come in for lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards and reinforce what they are learning in the 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.

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. They can also be a co-teacher, a physical avatar, a learning partner, and even facilitate learning by subverting the ego.

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School Aleksander Husoy’s classes use video games as text and context at the school in Norway. By Paul Darvasi A group of Norwegian high school seniors sit in religious studies class, absorbed by a moral conundrum unfolding in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. an Experimental Classification Service Enter an ISBN, OCLC#, UPC, or ISSN Standard Number: An ISBN is a unique number assigned to an item by its publisher.

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