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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.

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. Why is that Map Upside Down? One of my favorite classroom props is the "south up map." Curiosity and Wonder

Learning Services August New Teacher Survival Guide | Scholastic.com From setting up your classroom to brainstorming icebreaker activities, these tips and tricks will have you prepped, relaxed, and ready just in time for the first day of school. Preparing Your Classroom Our Easy Guide to Setting Up Your Classroom (K–5) At last, a classroom of your own! Time to roll up your shirtsleeves and begin transforming that empty space into a warm and inviting place for your first class. Here's how. The New Teacher's Crash Course on Setting Up Your Classroom (6–8) Preparing your classroom for the arrival of your students is probably high on the list of your priorities. How to Make an Old Classroom New Again As a new teacher, a big challenge will be setting up your new classroom and making it your own. Clip and Save Checklist: Get Ready for the First Day of School! Fit to Print: Use This Handy Seating Chart A seating chart to start your school year. First Day of School Icebreakers You're not the only one excited and nervous about the first day of school.

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

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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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

Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started At my design consultancy, TheThirdTeacher+, we believe that, whether it is a large-scale transformation or a small-scale hack, redesigning your classroom is a fun and empowering adventure. When you involve your students, colleagues and community, you can create a powerful conversation about the role of the environment in the student learning experience. We worked with Edutopia, a collection of creative collaborators and volunteers to help Steve Mattice, a math teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, reimagine his classroom. Here are the steps that can help you get started today. 1. Remaking your physical environment is an exciting way to transform your teaching practice and your students' learning experience. 2. After giving yourself the permission to playfully begin, it's time to discover. Reflect on the status quo: Grab a pen and post-its. 3. Remaking your class can happen at any scale. 4. 5. With clear priorities identified, your next step is making it all happen. 6.

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