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Classroom Organization 102

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 Did our Classroom Organization 101 post leave you wanting more? Here are some advanced organization systems to get your teacher life organized and class running smoothly.      Help Wanted: Student...
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I really love these organizational techniques. Especially the second one. A thing I'm always worried about is when doing PBL and giving children so much choice, how do you know where they physically are. If you let them work where they want, use the bathroom without asking, and go to the library when they wish how can you keep track of every child? Simple answer? You can't. An autonomous organizational system needs to be put into place. The second picture is a perfect example! With this, students simply move their magnet to the physical space/room in which they will be in thus ensuring that the teacher knows and can account for all of his/her students. It's really great, and I definitely would love to use it!

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What Does Classroom 2.0 Look Like?

What Does Classroom 2.0 Look Like? | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
Educators detail how they’re putting a new learning space design paradigm to work in their schools.
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My absolute favorite quote from this entire piece is "Students and teachers can be co-designers in their space."

This should be put on a poster, written on the skyline, broadcasted on the news, and just projected into the sky. If teachers are the only ones creating the space, then students may feel uncomforable in it. They need to be able to move around, work with others, and just feel good in their own classroom. If they don't, then that'll have social physical and emotional ramifications. Without a space students feel comfortable moving in they'll never feel okay enough to gain resilience, their whole-self won't be addressed, and without their basic needs met there's no way they'll be able to accomplish global competency. Classroom spaces need to be fluid and a good mix of teacher AND student centered involvement. 

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Play-Based Classroom: Reggio-Emilia: How To Bring the Most Out of Your Early Learning Environment

Play-Based Classroom: Reggio-Emilia: How To Bring the Most Out of Your Early Learning Environment | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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This is a really great resource. It forces you to think about aspects of space in your classroom that you may not have originally thought about. It also makes you see the room from different perspectives which is really great-especially because most of the time the students are at a different physical level so it must be ensured that everything is appealing to their level. While this deals primarily with pre-K/K, it can be applied to any classroom. In order for a classroom space to be useful for PBL, child resiliency, whole-child thinking, and global competency, the room must be examined from the point of view of a student. If everything is awkwardly placed or really plain and boring it won't engage the students in the way we want them to be. The questions brought up in this blog are really great guiding questions for creating your classroom space. 

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UNICEF - Teachers Talking

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YEEES! Everyhting in our 397 class mission can be connected to 

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YEEEEES! Everything in our 397 class mission can connect to students becoming life-long learners. And how do they become that you ask? Well the first step is knowing that learning doesn't solely occur in the classroom! You can reach so many more students if you change up where you learn once in a while. Giving them authentic contexts of what they're learning by having them learn it in the environment related to it(ie: learning about plants in a garden) is like a double whammy for great learning! It produces life long learning by stimulating interest, schema, and curiosity. I loved it when teachers did this, even if it was a simple trip down the hall, it was a nice change and a great way to get me involved.   

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UNICEF - Teachers Talking

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I like this site a lot when it comes to arranging the classroom depending on the activity you want. Moving desks and chairs around isn't the hardest thing in the planet to do. Teachers must realize that we need to manipulate the space and place it in a way that works for the set activity planned. And if one activity needs the desks differently than another, then the desks should be moved. I don't know how some teachers can keep the same desk arrangments all year. That hinders PBL because it doesn't allow students to feel like they can change. Especially if the room is arranged in a way that works against them(ie: rows when doing group work).

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Morning Meeting

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This whole morning meeting thing is just so great! Like I've said in my other morning meeting scoop, it's such a great thing to do every morning. It encourages students to get to know each other, it's a lovely ice breaker, and it's a perfect way to do brief activities that are pure fun and reinforce what a student learned the previous day. This is definitely a routine I'd want to implement. I especially like the organization and ideas this teacher has.

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5 Ideas for Bathroom Passes and Procedures | Minds in Bloom

5 Ideas for Bathroom Passes and Procedures | Minds in Bloom | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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Bathroom procedure is always something teachers either don't think about at all, or do think about but forget about the possible inconveniencing of the child holding their pee. I'm a believer that, especially in a PBL classroom where everyone does their own thing, no child should sit there and wait to be called on just to use the bathroom. It's ridiculous because a teacher can't necessarily say no to them. If they gotta go, they gotta go. I love these ideas because their sanitary, encourage learning, and help teachers keep track of where they're students are. It also takes away the element of having a student wait to be called on, and a teacher having to interrupt class goodness knows how many times to say "yes you can go to the bathroom." Needless to say, I will be keeping these ideas in mind when planning for my classroom. 

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Mrs. Walker's Website

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This blog has a little bit of everything- space, norms, and routines. This particular page however focuses on space. I think that for the most part, this is a great model for a classroom setting that's conducive towards PBL. It's really great, spacious, and organized. Everything has a bin or container and is labeled in a way that makes you happy. Desks are also arranged in groups which is always great for PBL. I also liked her use of space, like for example how she had a guided reading corner. It didn't look dry and boring. It was actually by the window which is great. Windows are great resources when used and to have a guided reading U-desk by a window is definitely something to brighten up what some students may think is a boring task. This blog is just chock full of great things to use. 

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A Classroom Morning Routine Made Easy

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A Classroom Morning Routine Made Easy
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I love the idea of a morning meeting. It's so great! It's a great time to introduce what new things may be going on and it's just a lovely idea to use when starting off the day. This is definitely a routine I'd implement. It's also a great way to make sure all students get to know one another and serves as space to do ice breakers and fun things to ease them into the school day. It can also be used to implement global competency if you say what's going on around the world in the morning meeting. 

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Empowering Little Learners: Classroom Routines Can Fix It All!

Empowering Little Learners: Classroom Routines Can Fix It All! | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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Although simple, this is a great skeleton to work off of. It includes routined transitions, choice, and music! Personally I want to incorporate as much music as I can in the classroom and transitions are always the perfect way to do it. I think it really helps with global competency(you can play music from around the world) and the whole-child because music is something everyone can appreciate and it really helps in development. It can also help with PBL because the classroom can become chaotic at times, but if a certain chime or song is associated with a certain action then students will be able to self-regulate themselves. 

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Extra Special Teaching: Infringing Upon Civil Liberties......

Extra Special Teaching: Infringing Upon Civil Liberties...... | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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This is so great! The fact that student rights are included is something I've never experienced in my entire 13 years of public school education. Students need to make sure that they have rights and aren't under the dictatorship of a student. This should be included in every classroom. Any teacher that's interested in teaching to the whole child, making a student resilient, and using global competency in their classroom needs to emphasize the fact that students have rights. Once they know that, they'll be more engaged in learning and feel more comfortable in the space they're in. I'd probably expand upon their rights to include what rights they have over the teacher and vice versa, but this is a great start. I'd also probably keep these ideas in mind while guiding students through making their own set of rights and responsibilities. 

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Sunny Days in Second Grade: Five Favorite Books

Sunny Days in Second Grade: Five Favorite Books | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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The first two books (What if Everybody did that? and Do Unto Otters can be used as great resources to break the ice when having students come up with the classroom norms. Not only that, it gives the teacher a sense of control because he/she is controlling what is being introduced in the book. It's fun, and interactive and definitely engages the students. It's definitely something I'd like to do before having the students come up with rules. 

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Teaching With Love and Laughter: Our Promise to Each Other...Freebie

Teaching With Love and Laughter: Our Promise to Each Other...Freebie | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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I love the "Our Promise to Each Other"

It personalizes the rules and also generalizes them so that students treat others according to their promise. The great thing about this, is that it's very universal and teaches great morals. It addresses the need of a whole child, while making them resilient by having them act upon the dispositions(like responsibility and empathy) needed. It's something most students probably haven't seen so it gives them a bit more freedom without explicit rules, and forces them to think whether or not their actions are in accordance to the promise they made. The only thing I'd say, is that I'd like to do this but have the students themselves generate the promise instead of giving them the terms. 

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Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World

Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that we must stem the tide of rising costs and tuition and adapt our current business models to change. But as one provost I talked with put it, "The future of education is not 18-year-olds going to college in their bedrooms. L...
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The bolded statements that start with "design" are so great. Our classrooms should be designed around those principles. By creating a space that supports all these things, you're essentially supporting the overall growth and development of every student in terms of resiliency, global competency, and many other things. A student that feels supported, engaged, and fully included because of it's space is going to be a successful learner. That's essentially what the bolded statements will achieve if done correctly. 

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2nd Grade Stuff: Avoid Stacks of Papers - ORGANIZE!

2nd Grade Stuff: Avoid Stacks of Papers - ORGANIZE! | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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Can this just be my classroom already? This is EXACTLY how I want to organize my materials. Colorful, enclosed, neatly labeled, and FUN! What child wouldn't be excited and happy when they saw this masterpiece of organization? When a student is really engaged in their learning and in their task, like most PBL students are, then they want to be able to find their materials and resources quickly. They don't want to be hindered by not knowing where anything is. This is a perfect solution.

PLUS, it's so colorful!! It'll brighten any classroom! This makes me thoroughly happy and overjoyed. 

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Seating Arrangements with Work Stations

Seating Arrangements with Work Stations | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
Seating arrangement of desks in a classroom can have a big impact on the environment and student behavior. Here is one seating arrangement idea that works great for group learning and instructional time.
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This is a beautiful idea. I can't even put into words how much I love this idea. It minimizes distraction, and supports PBL SO MUCH. Each group/space in the classroom has it's own supply of possible materials they'll need. It gives them choice, and it gives them autonomy. They don't need to ask for teacher permission, or worry about other students taking the materials they need because they have plenty of it within their own reach! AH it's just so simple, yet so great! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It's so great

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UNICEF - Teachers Talking

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I would love to be able to use all these difference spaces/centers in my classroom. If I had a huge space to work with, I'd have all of these centers because I think that all together they work towards developing student resiliency, the whole child,and global competency. Even if I had a small space, it'd be cool to try and make these as mobile centers to encourage interdisciplinary learning. Each one of these could help with any given PBL task/assignment and they'd be readily available for the students. But setting all my dreams aside, these centers/areas are definitely spaces I want to keep in mind when thinking about what's best for the unit I'm working on. 

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Pin by Angela Watson on Routines and Procedures | Pinterest

Pin by Angela Watson on Routines and Procedures | Pinterest | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it

 just a A system to see who has turned in homework. Students flip their clothespin to the smileyface side when they turn things in. | See more about student numbers, school teachers and clothespins.

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This is just a really cute idea. It helps a teacher easily keep track on whether or not a student has submitted their work, It also uses numbers instead of names which makes it somewhat anonymous so students don't become embarrassed. In a classroom where students may be on different steps of their assignment, or are doing different projects involving different processes this can be a great way to keep track of who's turning in what and what they're doing/where they are in their process. 

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Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives: Transition Music in the Classroom!

Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives: Transition Music in the Classroom! | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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Like I've mentioned in a previous scoop, I'm a sucker for the integration of music in the classroom. The great thing about this though is that it not only uses music but it also uses technology! It's so great! Once students start to memorize what tune goes to what behavior/response, then even the loudest classrooms(as PBL classrooms most likely will be) will be automatically refocused in no time. Music is a completely different sound. It's not like a teacher trying to shout over 30 students. It's automatically differentiable from the sound of the human voice. It more or less cuts through noise. I absolutely love this use of music and technology.

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50 fun call-and-response ideas to get students' attention -

50 fun call-and-response ideas to get students' attention - | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
Call-and-response is a time-tested technique for getting attention, not just in classrooms but in the military, in churches, at sports events, and in traditional cultures in various parts of the world.  Some of the tips and ideas I’ve compiled here are commonly and widely used so I didn’t credit anyone for them, but the ones …
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Call and response is one of the oldest and most effective classroom management techniques known to teachers. It's really great, especially if used creatively. I love this resource because it gives so many examples of what you can do. And it's always nice to use ones that aren't beaten to death by every other educator known to men(ie: 123 all eyes on me- and the clap pattern every child can do in their sleep). Techniques like this are GREAT for PBL classrooms because they remove heavy strain on the teachers voice. As soon as a single student hears and repeats it sets off a ripple effect and eventually all the students will lend you their full attention. Especially once the class has gotten into the routine of hearing the call-and-response patter(s) you've chosen for the year. 

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Morning Greeting - YouTube

http://teachinginroom6.blogspot.com This is how I greet my students each day. It is a great way to begin the school day on a positive note.
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This just made me smile. I think it's a great routine to follow and it's just so positive. The words are positive, and the teacher is positive giving the students the complete feeling of greatness. Plus, it's silly which is aways fun! This definitely can boost any student's self esteem which helps with all aspects of learning and resiliency/the whole child. This can also inadvertently help with PBL, because a confident child is one that wont be afraid to take risks when completely controlling their project/activity and wont be afraid to challenge themselves. I really love this greeting.

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Transitions: Classroom Routines That Respect Instructional Time

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I have pretty high expectations for student organization and transitions between activities. I don't want student to lose precious learning time. That said, I don't want students to be robots. How ...
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This teacher is a little too strict and rigid for my taste, but there were a couple things I really liked. First off, in a technological time like this, the fact that she uses the smartboard is a great technique. I love that she has the students interacting with the board by having them drag and drop their names for attendance. That also causes them to be excited to be in attendance, and to be involved. It also builds great 21st century skills by making them aware of these advances in technology. I also enjoy how she spells out their routine on the board. She uses it as a great resource and this can help with updates and just to reinforce the routine that should already be in place. I LOVE THAT SHE ASKS FOR STUDENT OPINIONS! That's absolutely great. It makes them feel included and needed(Whole-Child), gives them autonomy and a voice to speak(resiliency), and really shows that the teacher cares. 

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The Corner On Character: Our School Values

The Corner On Character: Our School Values | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it
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This is a great representation of putting rules and norms/dispositions together to create a very inclusive classroom rule list. The teacher can supply dispositions while giving the students the opportunity to brainstorm the various rules connected to those main umbrella words. This gives teacher and student control, and definitely involves resiliency and whole-child thinking. While also giving an opportunity to introduce and instill qualities of global competency. You can't have a PBL classroom without these morals. If students understand these three overarching norms, then it'll be a very functioning and smooth classroom environment.

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Whole Brain Teaching: Kindergarten, "Class Rules" - YouTube

Watch veteran Whole Brain Teacher Andrea Schindler demonstrate a variety of lively teaching techniques while reviewing classroom rules. For 100s of pages of ...
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Even though this is used with younger grades, I LOVE this idea! Not only does it fit into routine, it also goes into norms. This is so engaging, fun, and great! The fact that it involves moves for each rule makes sure the children stay focused and actually makes them enjoy what they're doing. I also like the idea of reciting the rules at the start of each day(definitely only for the youngins) just to make sure they always remember what to do and can easily connect their actions to their expectations. I also really like how she started off and how she uses different chants for transitions. That's great to make sure all the children are on task and involved. I'd like to modify that for older grades. 

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Check out out Class Rules!

Check out out Class Rules! | EDCI397 Classroom Climate Plan | Scoop.it

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Here, not only did the students generate these class rules, they are also shown saying the rule they contributed. Not only does this boost their self-esteem, it reinforces their involvement and motivation to follow the rules. I love this way of displaying and coming up with class norms. It's student-led, and reinforces the whole-classroom feeing by starting each statement with "we". I definitely think this is great for resiliency because many dispositions are included, and it thinks about the whole-child as well. This would also work great with PBL because it is encouraging their autonomy and interest while making them come up with a productive end. I would love to use this in my classroom. 

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