CLASSROOM CLIMATE: This set of "Peace Posters" is definitely something I want to have in my classroom. They serve as a visual reminder to student of what kinds of actions are good and bad. Peace starts from how students treat their peers and having a class discussion around this topic and these expectations would great the expectation of respect in a variety of different areas that students may not always have in mind. These would be teacher generated norms, but by having the classroom discussion students will be able to ask questions and give feedback so they are clear on appropriate ways to treat their classmates and to treat the materials and spaces they work with and in.
Need an idea to end the day? The End of the Day Jar has 24 questions to ask students to get them talking about their school day. This helps build community in
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CLASSROOM CLIMATE: This end of the day jar could be a great routine to put in place un order to wrap up a school day. A lot happens in a school day and taking time to allow students to reflect on all that they did and share personal stories or questions provides closure and the conversation boosts community. Students could take turns picking the question out of the jar and the ways of answering could vary so that while it is a daily routine, it does not seem repetitive.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE: This page has a lot of ideas for establishing rituals in the classroom for things like absent classmates, parent visits, etc. I particularly liked the sheet on songs you can sing for events like visitors, absent children, and saying goodbye. They are simple, but having these routines will help foster a community in the classroom.
FOR CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: This article provides a great variety of ways to use technology to create a virtual space for a 21st century classroom. Using Skype to collaborate, connect, and communicate is something I am definitely interesting in utilizing. Skyping with authors and experts can provide students primary source research for a PBL project. Skyping with classrooms around the world can provide students with the opportunity to learn about different cultures and perspectives. I would like to make the use a technology something routine in my future classroom, so that students feel equipped and empowered to utilize the internet in a safe way.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: In the post, I particularly like that each 6 person "team table" has a shelf of basic materials including a trashcan. The actual set up is good because it encourages communication and collaboration, and the individual supplies for each group can lessen the chaos of having students getting up constantly to get their own supplies. By having materials for each group of students, they can choose how to utilize these in their own way in PBL lessons. This would relate to all three areas of the classroom climate checklist. This set-up would operate with the assumption that students are free to utilize the materials in their cluster as they see fit; I especially liked that it would minimize the number of students roaming around in the room.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: I really like how this classroom is set up. The physical climate is inviting and caters to different students' seating preferences. There are cozy chairs, pillows on the floor, tables for partner and group work, and a large space for use for games, sitting on the carpet, and doing large things on the floor. Large open spaces are good for versatile use, especially because PBL incorporates a variety of activities. In addition, there is a variety of technology and organizational techniques. I think traditional desk can be restraining for students and having alternative seating options, and the routine of having students choose their seating based on their needs is really great for emphasizing the whole child tenants. The fact students are able to decide for themselves what works best for them is something I really like.
A fun set of Applications (Many Free) for Project Based Teaching and Learning. The contemporary classroom can be rather different than what we were used to
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This is a collection of websites and resources for PBL. Technology is huge these day and having one page with a variety of resources is invaluable. I also appreciate that most of these applications are free or very cheap.
This is a great resource about the basics of PBL. As a future teacher, the idea of PBL is daunting, but this really outlines the basics to a great beginning for PBL ideas with discussion about essential questions, entry activities, and meaningful activities.
When collaboration goes wrong, it can be toxic for learning and classroom culture. We are all familiar with the scene: a group of students that is supposed to be completing a collaborative project ha
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Collaboration is something that should be encouraged in all areas of classroom. I hope to nurture collaboration in my future classroom, especially because of the benefits the students will get from hearing different perspectives, practicing problem-solving, giving feedback, and more. These benefits can contribute to resilience and a critically literate learner!
CLASSROOM CLIMATE: This article features a lot of ideas about cultivating classroom community. The idea of a board that defines community, and reminds students they are in a community and what that means is something I want to incorporate in my future classroom. By discussing these things as a class, and creating this visual reminder, a norm and expectation of talking, sharing, and helping is established. This board will start as a classroom discussion so that the definition and list of actions is student generated with the guidance of the teacher. I think having this discussion, then having the students sign the bottom as an agreement would farther solidify these norms of community.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE: While this image is not from a classroom, I like the idea of having a safe space for students who may be feeling overwhelmed or upset, or just need some time alone. I would like my future classroom to foster the norm that if a student is feeling anxious or upset, they are free to visit this space and no other student may interrupt them her. I like that this space has deep breathing exercises on the wall and a ball for squeezing out stress. I hope to foster the attitude that it is okay to feel upset and take time for yourself when you need it and that no one can know when that is best except for you. I would like to cultivate students' autonomy in knowing and making decisions for themselves.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE: I really like this welcome mat idea where students stand on the portion that dictations what kind of welcome they would like to receive. I think this a cool ritual that not only allows the teacher to welcome each student individually, but allows the student some autonomy in how it happens, which may seem like a small decision but will allow students to feel comfortable but also able to try new things. I think having this routine could help cultivate a positive and welcoming classroom climate and it could also help students learn appropriate personal space rules with other students.
FOR CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: Technology is definitely something I find important for a 21st century classroom climate. Many PBL Projects involve technology and this image provides suggested apps that can allow teachers to cultivate virtual spaces for their classroom. I especially think the National Geographic and TED apps could be particularly useful because they provide a wealth of resources for classroom projects. I would like to make the use of technology routine in my classroom and expand our spaces to include both the physical and virtual spaces available to students.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: This is a great example of having a variety of spaces within a classroom. This classroom has a writing center, important bulletin borders, tables, open carpet spaces, supply shelves, etc. In addition, the decor is very inviting and everything is clearly labeled so students know where things are. The behavior expectations are clear and the tree/board serve as a visible, physical reminder to students throughout the day. Similar to this set up, I would like to establish the norm of certain classroom expectations such as keeping the distinct areas clean for the next student to use. I also liked the norm of having visual reminders of expectations, having things clearly labeled and utilized everyday will solidify behavior and classroom expectations.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: This organizer is a model for something I find important in a classroom climate. Having organized and labeled materials for students to have access to means they do not need to ask the teacher for every supply the need. PBL encourages students to make their own decisions, and allowing them to decide themselves what supplies they need really supports that. This supports a classroom norm of students having the ability to get their supplies as needed, but also to value the space and materials and therefore treat them with care.
I instantly thought about crafting a poster to share with all of you here. I went through my archive and sifted through several posts I published in the past and finally after a lot of deliberation I settled on the skills outlined in the visual below.
I invite you to have a look and probably print off and use it in your classroom with your students. The visual is free for anyone to use and download provided that you do not charge people for it and you credit back Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Enjoy
I love this visual representation of many of the skills and dispositions we seek to teach students. This poster illustrates the important point that we don't really know the world our students will be entering when they graduate, so teaching them these skills of resilience, critical literacy, and technological thinking is the way we can best prepare them for the uncertain future.