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Traditions For a New School | Responsive Classroom

Traditions For a New School | Responsive Classroom | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
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While the traditions described in this article are meant for a small school, many can be adapted to the classroom. This school, the Community Partnership School, uses a community meeting each week to play music, share world news, and allow students to share things about themselves. At the beginning of the year, they also used the time to play name games to help the students remember everyone's name. A particular tradition that I really like in this article was the "Kindness Jar." Students and teachers drop notes in the jar describing kind things they saw others doing and those kind things are read at the end of the week during the community meeting! I think that this tradition celebrates kindness and encourages students and faculty alike to be more aware of the way they are treating others within and outside of the school. 

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freebie friday and good character bingo

freebie friday and good character bingo | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
The world of blogging has opened my eyes to so many resources. For example, I just discovered Freebie Friday hosted by Teaching Blog Addict. Every Friday, teachers post FREE activities. You should ...
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This article talked about creating a chart to discuss what a good classmate does, says, is, and isn't. This chart is made by the student and teacher, ensuring that everyone in the classroom has their ideas heard and their input included. This is an excellent resource because it has very detailed expectations of the students, including what students should and should not do. Each chart for each classroom would be extremely unique and reflect the individual class as a whole. I would definitely love to use this in my future classroom to include students in their own learning and to model the behaviors I wish for them to exhibit. 

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Classroom Organization: The Physical Environment | Scholastic.com

Classroom Organization: The Physical Environment | Scholastic.com | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Achieve a warm, well-run classrooms with these tips on arranging desks and working spaces, making attractive and appealing bulletin boards, and storing materials and supplies. 
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If, as a teacher, you would like to incorporate collaborative learning, it is important to organize tables or clusters of desks so that it is easier for students to work together. Many teachers create different areas within their room, like a space for reading, a music area, a conversation area, a place for messy projects, and even a multimedia space. I, personally, want to incorporate a lot of music in my classroom, as I believe it helps students to feel comfortable and focused, so I really love the idea of a music area. Teachers should also place commonly used objects (like scissors and tape) in multiple places in the room so that students don't have to wait for very long! While this is a very simple idea, I think that this would help the entire class flow more smoothly. The article mentions as well that students learn in different environments, so a classroom should have different types of environments within one room, like dimly-lit and well-lit areas, learning center, desks and couches, and places where students can work with music and other students can work in silence.  

I don't think that any of ideas require a lot of extra materials. They mostly require utilizing your classroom space library and having access to a music player, comfy couches, and fun things to hang on the wall. This allows students to grow as a whole child and be supported in different aspects through the physical space of the classroom. 

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Responsive Classroom | Countryside Elementary School

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This article focused on both classroom norms and classroom routines within an elementary school. In particular, the article talked about creating a Responsive Classroom, which is an approach that attempts to combine social and academic learning. the 10 classroom practices that make up a Responsive Classroom are a morning meeting, rule creation, interactive modeling, positive teacher language, logical consequences, guided discovery, academic choice, physical classroom organization, working with families, and collaborative problem solving. This routine actually takes 6 weeks to establish, which surprised me as I assumed it was a much shorter process to create a routine. In the real example in the article, the entire school abides by these rules, so students learn them in first grade and continue using them throughout their time in elementary school. In my own classroom, I would love to have an in depth morning meting every day, have my students create their own rules,  use positive language, and especially have guided discovery. I think that by demonstrating each of these every day and also showing students what NOT to do during each of these events would help my students to establish these routines. I hope that morning meeting can become a ritual in my own classroom, and encompass time for my students to share about themselves and act as a community, bringing us all closer together as a class. 

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Tools for Teaching

Let's take a look at the teaching of a routine in order to get a sense of the effort that goes into getting the class to do as you ask.
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This article touched upon the idea of establishing routines in an elementary school classroom. Routines, in general, must be taught to your students, and as a teacher, it is important to show your students how much you care for your routines and that you expect your students to follow them as well. Personally, I don't know if I would be able to establish the routine in the article, as it involved turning back to your classroom when walking through the hall if you hear any noise at all and trying again. The routines in the article were relatively harsh, in my opinion, but they way they were established in the classroom was helpful to me as a student. I would love to establish a morning ritual, and this article helped me to realize how important it is to go through the ritual carefully, multiple times, and how them how important it is to you. 

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About Classroom Furniture and Classroom Environment

About Classroom Furniture and Classroom Environment | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it

WhiDeciding upon the most desirable classroom design and selecting classroom furniture that incorporates a classroom environment conducive to quality learning.

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While this article seems slightly outdated and makes some obvious statements, it does include some helpful hints for a classroom environment. The article points out that your classroom layout should be relatively flexible to allow for movement of seating areas for group work. It also points out positive effects of workstations, which can help keep clutter from student's desks, such as computers and other materials, and can also help to allow group learning to take place in different areas of the classroom.

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4 Steps to a Positive Classroom Community

4 Steps to a Positive Classroom Community | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
    As a former teacher and school principal, I can tell you that building a positive classroom community takes work. Thankfully, many educators around the globe are striving for the same...
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This blog post had some great ideas for building a classroom community! Lisa Dabbs, the author, mentions planning and writing ideas down, which is extremely helpful to me, as I have a very bad memory. This is similar to the list that we started at the beginning of the semester in class that has all of our classroom ideas on it. I thought it was interesting that the advice, "Don't Be Afraid to Switch it Up" and "Be sure to Be Consistent" were right next to each other, as they are slightly contradicting. I believe that you should always strive for improvement, but that does not always mesh well with consistency, and I think that as a teacher, that will be a hard line to walk. Lastly, I found the final piece of advice extremely helpful, which was "Ask for Help." As a leader in campus organizations, it took me too long to realize that asking for help when help is needed is important to the success of your work and your organization! As a first year teacher, I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities that I will need to ask for help with my classroom environment. 

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Quality Continuous Improvement at Dunlap Grade School : Classroom Learning Communities: Data Binders

Quality Continuous Improvement at Dunlap Grade School : Classroom Learning Communities: Data Binders | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
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This blog post had a lot of valuable insight regarding the place of data binders in classroom learning communities. I can see data binders being particularly helpful with students who are either very challenged by the class or not challenged enough, for that is a way for the teacher to personalize their educational experience and help them see their individual growth throughout the year. I know that in my classrooms when all of my work was put together in a binder, it was easier for me to see, as a student, why my work was important and how I was improving.

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How Project-Based Learning Educates the Whole Child « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education

How Project-Based Learning Educates the Whole Child « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
How Project-Based Learning Educates the Whole Child « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education - http://t.co/zEzFnR74...

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This article serves to connect whole child learning with project-based learning, connecting the two processes for educators to utilize in their classrooms. Both focus on engaging students allowing them to feel fulfillment at the end of the school day, as well as to have pride in their school work. The author also states that the Common Core standards will likely be used to incorporate whole child learning into project-based learning. Some tips in this article include being a mentor for your students, redefine rigor for yourself and your classroom on a student to student basis, and help your students to realize the difference that they can personally make in the world. I hope to utilize all of these tips in my classroom, particularly the "wow" factor.

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What Is Connected Learning?

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Connected learning brings together all of the various experiences, interests, technology, academics, people and communities that learners are a part of in order to make all of these scenarios and experiences learning opportunities.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Just as we talked about in my 397 class on Tuesday, connected learning is important because it connects the students to the information or skills they are learning by creating an authentic context. It also allows students to participate fully, which can retain their attention far better than a lecture or even a workshop, in my opinion. While they may be difficult to plan, projects for project based learning incorporates connected learning in a variety of ways and can help the students to become more involved in their own education. I would love to use a project in my future classroom to encourage my students to learn about something they are passionate about and to allow them to understand the relation the information has on their life outside of school.

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Online Collaboration Tools in Elementary Education

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I would love to use online collaboration tools in my future classroom! My favorite classes have been those that are discussion based, and I think that these tools help to facilitate a discussion-like atmosphere within even younger elementary classrooms. As an extroverted person, I usually overlook the difficulties that some student may have making their voice heard. By using online tools, quieter students might be more engaged and interact more with their peers. Students these days are surfing the web at home, for the most part, and most students get excited when they are allowed to use the computer within the classroom.

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What is a Personal Learning Network?

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Orientation to Online Learning - Personal Learning Networks - What is a Personal Learning Network? (What is a Personal Learning Network?

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This article certainly helped me to understand the basics of a PLN and how it can pertain to my college career. The author also focuses on online class, which is something I am partaking in for the first time this semester. I never thought about how I could use my PLN to greater my understanding if other aspects of my life, particularly my online class, although I can now see how using outside resources could be beneficial.

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The PLE will allow the learner to manage their own learning, and will function as the learner’s personal educational record and online portfolio. Downes (2006)

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning

How to Get Students Ready for Learning | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Teachers at Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, use proven Responsive Classroom techniques -- such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities -- to get students focused and ready to learn.
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This video focuses on an elementary school in Northeast Harbor, Maine and their responsive classroom techniques. Teachers in that school use morning meetings, student made expectations and rules, positive language and structured choices for different activities. Something I could see myself using in my future classroom is student led transitions. In the classroom featured in the video, one student was allowed to choose which transition style the class would use to move from the desks to the rug. The classroom also had a morning meeting, which I would like to implement as well. The morning meeting was used to allow students time to share things about their weekend or week and to talk about student accomplishments. The featured teacher called morning meeting, "family time," which I really like the idea of. This classroom used yoga almost every day to relax students, along with transitions and morning meeting, and these techniques help to improve academic achievement, social skills and behavior, teacher-child closeness, and teach confidence. As someone who also inspires to be a principal, I love the idea from the principal at the end of the video that leaders of schools should feel empowered to give teachers the ability to implement new practices, like social and emotional practices. 

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
I was supervising a teacher who was enrolled in our program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that focused on developing student self-knowledge, ego strength, trust and community in classroo
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This article was very general, but stressed the importance of grouping desks together in the classroom to help create community and peer relationships among the class. It also suggested that teachers include students in the creation of the physical environment because it contributes to the classroom community and helps the students to feel empowered in control of their education. The classroom needs to feel like a home, which is the idea to plan my classroom around. If the lighting is dark and the walls are bare, students are more likely to feel depressed in class. Using students creations to decorate the walls and student input for the rest of the environment ensures that each student will feel comfortable within the classroom and the learning is at its maximum. 

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Classroom Spaces That Work | Responsive Classroom

Classroom Spaces That Work | Responsive Classroom | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
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This article, by Marlynn Clayton and Mary Beth Forton, focuses on creating classroom spaces that work. The authors remind teachers to choose things to place in your classroom that fit your children, and to remember to think about their small size for furniture and put things at their eye levels. It's important to look at how your students use the room and adjust accordingly. Also, less is more, and less things keeps the classroom cleaner, safer, and prevents it from being over stimulating. I want to make sure that everything in my own classroom has a purpose and can support my students in whole child learning. I would like all of the physical space to be inviting to the students and create a sense of comfort.

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Beginning the School Year: It's About Connections Not Content

Beginning the School Year: It's About Connections Not Content | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teache...
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This article focuses on the ways teachers can make connections with their students and begin a school year on the right foot. Although the first activity mentioned in the article would probably work best with older elementary school students, I really liked it. The idea is to have students work in small groups to create their own guidelines for the classroom in the form of a team contract. The students then put the guidelines in some kind of visual form. In this activity, the expectations of the classroom are learner generated and can be displayed around the classroom with the visual project the students create.

This teacher also allows the students to design the classroom in the first week of school. He or she piles all of the furniture and wall decorations in the middle of the room and allows students to make blueprints for the classroom in small groups and the students vote on the winning blue print.  I love that idea because I want students to have the attitude that their input is needed and respected and that they can have a serious impact on their classroom. It also creates the expectation that students will be asked to work in groups often to solve problems that are very much real and necessary to solve. 

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10 Ideas for Designing an Engaging Classroom Space

10 Ideas for Designing an Engaging Classroom Space | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Throughout the United States and other parts of the world, educators are preparing for the start of another school year.  Faculty meetings, curriculum planning, and preparations for the first days ...
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I really enjoyed this article, as it spoke to the type of things a teacher should have in his or her room, rather than specific chairs, artwork, or other such things, The author impresses upon the reader that a classroom should be used to show your students what your are learning about and the information that you find important. As a teacher, I also want to show a bit about myself to my students through my classroom, just like the author says. It would give a chance for my students to learn more about me and allow me to connect with them on a deeper level. I also loved the advice to make everything in your classroom interactive. I think my students should be able to use the things in my classroom at any time and feel that the space is comfortable and open. 

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Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
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This article is relatively short and simple, but ties well with the discussions about classroom environment that we have had 397 so far! Something I really enjoyed was the point about getting your students involved in the creation of the classroom climate. It is their classroom and it should reflect their needs, as well as your plans as a teacher. When students have a say in the creation of their classroom, they are also more excited about learning and it is more likely to appeal to them as students. 

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Building Classroom Community | Scholastic.com

Building Classroom Community | Scholastic.com | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Building a community around each and every one of your students creates a place where all everone feels welcomed and respected. Read how creating a community full of character and student dialogue can boost confidence in all.
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This article provides great resources for teachers who want to build up their classroom community in order to better their student's experiences as a whole. I particularly love the ideas of morning meetings to allow students to express their own thoughts and lives to the class (just as we do in 397 at the beginning of class and melting pot activity). I also love the compliment web, and that is something I have done with my campers and sorority at some point in time.

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Global Competence: The Heart of the Matter

Global Competence: The Heart of the Matter | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Education's good efforts to put an international education strategy in place to ensure U.S. competiveness and future economic health are commendable. And yet, federal funding for international education and training has been cut by 41 percent in the past four years. ...

 


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In general, it was interesting reading a view point from the national government, and hearing how important global learning is on an international scale! As members of a global community, my students will need to understand diversity and the importance of understanding cultural differences in their day to day interactions in school and in the "real world" once they graduate.

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Couldn't agree more with Heather that there needs to be political and public will behind educating a globally competent citizenry.

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How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core

How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it
Implementing the Common Core doesn’t mean educators have to abandon SEL—in fact, just the opposite might be true.

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I am currently in a math class completely devoted to learning how to teach students proofs, so much of this information is relevant to me at the moment. Many of the socio-emotional skills that students should have, as laid out by the Common Core Standards, are crucial when teaching students how to write proofs, as it is all about discovery, discussion, and the ability to revise your own work. These are all skills that are necessary in the outside world and skills that should be taught in the classroom. The article explains that, despite what many educators may believe, the Common Core Standards require socio-emotional standards to be met, although it is up to the teacher how he or she goes about this task.

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Resources and Downloads for Global Competence

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Educators from the John Stanford International School, in Seattle, Washington, have provided these resources and tools for teaching global competence.

Via Alfredo Calderón
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I really enjoyed looking through these Global Competence lesson plans! I could particularly see myself utilizing the Festivals of Light unit plan for fourth grade, as traditions are a topic I enjoy learning and teaching about. I loved that the lesson plan allowed for creativity, yet gave a relatively clear idea of what the students should know by the end of the unit.

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Cinzia Bruno's curator insight, February 20, 2014 8:26 AM

look back on this page for useful resources on global competence!

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5 Tips To Building A Healthy PLN With Twitter

5 Tips To Building A Healthy PLN With Twitter | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it

The more I use Twitter, the more I understand the power that comes from connecting. Connecting with friends, connecting with colleagues, connecting with leaders and connecting with valuable sources. It all builds into what has become my most trusted source for professional development and generating ideas.

 

With a real opportunity to impact personal, professional and intellectual growth, here are five tips to help you build, nurture and grow your PLN with Twitter.

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/04/17/pln-twitter/

 


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This article makes a lot of valid points that can be used in every day on twitter, and in life in general! First impressions are as important on Twitter, and I think that is something many young professionals may overlook in interview and online. Also, I think many people follow their friends on Twitter, even if they are unrelated to their professional career, which can crowd their feed with social related things, rather than tweets related to education. This article also shows that it is possible to use your tweets outside of the Twitter realm, just by presenting your tweets on other social media sites! This seems to be a great checklist for the young professional, helping us utilize a site we most likely already frequent, but enabling us to turn it into a career-helping venue.

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This article gives 5 tips for building and maintaining a Twitter PLN.