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.