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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space | Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin.
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This content was extremely helpful to me, specifically in its description of physical work spaces that help to construct a classroom environment ripe for project-based learning. There were several ideas I would like to use in my classroom. First is the of establishing a "nest" space where children can work in groups without disrupting the students around them. In my opinion, small group work is essential to the collaboration component of learning. Establishing a "cave" space is also important, for this is a space dedicated to individual learning. Second, the content discusses the notion of educators creating a "conversational classroom." Perhaps the traditional 'desk in rows' classroom arrangement that I am used to is not ideal for fostering discussion and dialogue. I would maybe like to play with desk arrangements in my classroom depending on the lesson or topic. Third, I liked the idea of including a "tinker station" in the classroom for more hands-on learning. All of these ideas for physical spaces in the classroom will also help to advance social learning. Overall, what I took from this content is the importance of providing diverse and varied learning environments within the classroom.

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Pin by Brearn Wright on Early Childhood | Pinterest

Pin by Brearn Wright on Early Childhood | Pinterest | Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
There is a wealth of classroom decorating, organizing, and management ideas in this one blog post alone. | See more about student work displays, display student work and hallway displays.
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I like this pin of a design for exposing student work. I think it is important that students are given the opportunity to put their hard work on display. Not only is this vital to fostering confidence for the students, but it further promotes collaboration. Peers working together to engage in meaningful learning, I feel, should be a crucial component to education. If I use this idea in my future classroom, I would like to utilize it as a space to promote discussion and inferences on others' work in the classroom. Learning should be active and interactive, and hopefully putting children's "masterpieces" on the wall in a visually aesthetic way will advance notions of both self-esteem and collaborative learning. I would like to encourage my students by making a true effort to put value in what they produce in the classroom.

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4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom -

4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom - | Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
What are the keys designing a project-based learning classroom? It starts with the teacher.
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I found this article to be enlightening on how to set up and manage my own classroom in a way that supports the ideologies about project-based learning. My own experiences in the classroom as a students has mainly been dictated by a traditional small desk, pencil, and paper practice. This content calls upon a variety of materials and classroom spaces that promote a more active approach to learning for students. I like the idea of providing physical learning spaces that advance environments suitable to collaboration. Educational experiences, in this sense, should not be isolated or singular, but instead a group and interactive one. It is also important to note that education should go beyond a pencil and paper, and should entail technology. Technological education further promotes the collaboration previously mentioned. As a result, this content broadened my understanding of my future classroom by introducing the notion of a diverse classroom that is able to foster project-based learning.

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Area schools and camps have so much to offer - News Transcript

Area schools and camps have so much to offer - News Transcript | Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
Area schools and camps have so much to offer News Transcript ACC helps organize and process the application, provides support and assistance developing the personal essay, simulates practice interviews, suggests a format for creating résumé(s),...
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I wanted to comment on this content because it provided a list of camps and schools that have various attitudes, and social and physical environments in their educational experiences. I wanted to see how other schools were implementing their perspectives on meaningful learning. One example of this is the Hatikvah International Academy Charter School. This school uses inquiry-based learning that promote asking essential questions. We had discussed in our EDCI 397 class that driving essential questions are the foundations of successful and engaging project-based learning. I know that in my personal educational experiences, learning was rooted in rote memorization and lectures followed by mainly individual work. It is encouraging to see a school that has successfully implemented the ideologies surrounding project-based learning. In my future classroom, I would also like to have the children ask their own meaningful questions. In this way the student, and not only the teacher, is guiding the curriculum.

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