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Positive Behavior Supports in the Classroom #1

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This teacher stresses many classroom behaviors I hope to encourage in my future classroom including independence, respect, sharing, following directions, and self-regulation of behavior. These are important lessons for children to learn in school and incorporate throughout their lives. The teacher uses a shared generation approach. She asks the students questions and is concerned about their feedback, but they do not have absolute control over the behaviors and norms in the classroom.

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Flipping Out? Consider Flipping Your Classroom - The Official Blog ...

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The flipped classroom is both a pedagogical model and an inversion of expectations. At its simplest, the flipped classroom involves taking the traditional course elements of homework and lecture and swapping their places ...
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The UCAT blog presents interesting ideas that could be used in some teaching settings; however, I do not think it could be applied across the board. They emphasize the importance of children using technology outside of the classroom to communicate with the teacher via discussion boards, email, online videos. This would create an effective setting in a PBL classroom because it supports technology use and it could incorporate many global issues via the internet. I do not believe this would be applicable in all school districts. Families, particularly in low SES areas, may not have access to technology or internet outside of school which will put certain children at a disadvantage or unable to complete the assignment. Although there are public libraries available, parents may not have time to take their child as needed, especially in elementary grades (when you cannot expect the child to go alone). If internet and technology access is available to every child in the classroom, I believe this is an excellent idea to promote PBL and global competence.

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6- How do you use classroom space differently?

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One teacher discusses how she does not have a strict set up of her classroom.  Depending on her classroom activity, she is consistently moving desks and creating new space. She explains that this allows her to quickly create new groups to target individuals student's needs. Specifically, if students are struggling with graphs she can quickly make a group and have a mini-lesson on graphs instead of walking around the room and answering the same question multiple times. I believe the idea of changing classroom space is essential for PBL. In any classroom, there are never the same needs or lessons daily, so as the lesson calls for different activities the structure of the room may need to change as well.

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Transitions: Classroom Routines That Respect Instructional Time ...

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Transitions: Classroom Routines That Respect Instructional Time. Posted on September 3, 2011. I have pretty high expectations for student organization and transitions between activities. I don't want student to lose precious learning time.

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Janet Moeller-Abercrombie writes about the importance of classroom routines, especially in transitions. I agree with her ideas. Students can easily become "lost in transition" making it difficult for them to get back on task later. By engaging in routines that keep students working at all times, it allows for a smooth classroom settings. Moeller-Abercrombie begins each day with a list of activities to start the day. If students finish the required tasks, they begin with extra activities to keep them busy (like sharpening the classroom pencils or making a trip to the library). She describes that if all students are actively engaged it prevents students distracting others and does not make students who move slower feel isolated because they are the only students working. This idea benefits all types of classroom settings because it allows guided independence and allows students to work at their own pace. In my future classroom, I hope to create an atmosphere where students are always working and learning. Although many of the ideas this teacher gives involve mostly "chore activities," I would like to also encourage children to pull out a book when finished an assignment early. 

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Becca Wagman's curator insight, April 6, 2014 11:48 PM

Classroom Climate: This teacher makes some good points about valuing the time where children are finishing tasks or even between class changes. It is great to have things for the students to accomplish to keep that time productive, but make sure the routines the children are completing are helping them in learning and that the routines do not turn into busy work. By creating activities for the students to complete in those times, it shows the students that we want to come into class and focus on what we are going to learn that day. These activities in my classroom would inform the students of the objectives for the day and to allow them to brainstorm what they know about our topics and what they want to learn. The students need to voice their opinions and learn what is most applicable to their lives. I value student opinion and I want them to see my recognizing their competence and giving them autonomy in their learning. (ROUTINE)

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Establishing classroom routines that encourage student participation and input is vital!

liam bye's curator insight, October 2, 2015 11:01 PM

A short and sweet article that focuses on delegating and transitions between activities to deal with classroom management. 

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Establishing Classroom Routines

Practical arrival and bathroom policies.
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I like this teacher's ideas for morning routines and bathroom policies. In the beginning of the year, she stresses the routine then during the year the routines become seamless. Each morning the first student to walk through the door is responsible to place two baskets for homework folders and agenda notes. This creates student responsibility and is efficient for the classroom because the teacher is not responsible to set up all classroom materials. I especially liked her ideas for bathroom policies, and I feel her ideas reflect a PBL classroom. At the door there are two bathroom passes (girls and boys), and students are able to go at their own accord as long as the teacher is not giving instructions. I feel that this is important because it gives students the ability to think independently, but simultaneously allows teachers to monitor appropriate times to use the restroom. In class, we discussed that asking permission to use the restroom as an adult is ridiculous; however, adults should monitor social cues for appropriate times to leave and use the restroom.  Children, especially in younger grades, may not read social cues, so I believe it still needs to be monitored because some children may take advantage of complete freedom to leave the classroom. In my classroom, I would like to set up a similar atmosphere where students are given many freedoms, but are still monitored to decipher appropriate times to leave to avoid missing instruction or causing distractions.

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Dealing with the physical aspects of the classroom: The curious case of G062 | Teach them English

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RT @yearinthelifeof: Dealing with the physical aspects of the classroom: The curious case of G062 http://t.co/boQdmVM12a
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Tyson believes that using classroom space effectively is critical for learning, but it is rarely given attention. He created a list of requirements for his idea of a perfect classroom. A classroom needs long, solid desks, chalkboards, space, internet, electronics, and others. Especially in schools where resources are tight, how can teachers get necessary materials for their classroom? If the school does not provide a budget, should teachers be responsible for these materials?

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Expanding the Classroom

TheExpanding the classroom into the world. Creating connected learning societies. Learn more about how you can create a Connected Learning Society: http://www.c...

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To become a more connected learning society, we need to expand our classrooms outside of school. This video acknowledges the common problem of children getting restless or bored in their regular classroom environment. Students must take their education outside of the classroom to learn valuable application skills and become connected members of society. 

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Glenn Beck Radio Program : Rewarding good grades - Video

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My sister works as a middle school math teacher in Montgomery County. The school decided to reward straight A students with a party at the end of the day as an incentive for students to motivate their students to well in school. I don't necessarily agree with everything in the video, but how can we motivate our students? Eastern Middle School chose to give attention to straight A students and received bad press about singling kids out. Could project based learning teach kids intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic motivation like parties?

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PBL Meets WWII: A History Lesson to Remember

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There are many, many, many things that are more exciting to a teenager than history class. That's why I wanted to create a lesson plan that would generate interest -- and therefore encourage engageme
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This history class took learning to a new level with project-based learning. Students were exposed to two guest speakers and went on field trips to become more engaged and connected to the topic. These "entry events" allow students to become passionate about their projects. One exciting feature about project-based learning is that it is never the same. With different students and personalities, all projects would have different outcomes. The history teacher involved with the WWII project explains how she didn't expect many outcomes of the project. This keeps project-based learning fresh and allows students to steer the project based on their interests.

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What Is Connected Learning? - Edudemic

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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.

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Connected learning follows many of the same ideologies as global competence. Both ideas value social acceptance, connections, and inclusion of all people. By reaching out to all people, it allows humans to expand technology, ideas, and culture. Connected learning values expanding learning both inside and outside of school. In classrooms, educators must demonstrate culture awareness and acceptance to students to encourage a global competence. In a diverse and interconnected world, it is crucial for children to learn how to interact with all people and connect learning to outside of a classroom. What are some ways educators can incorporate connected learning into the classroom?

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What our Olympic athletes can teach us about resilience

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We all suffer defeats – but with practice, we can strengthen our ability to recover from setbacks (RT @GlobeOlympics: What our Olympic athletes can teach us about resilience http://t.co/8MOgpOZVwz)...

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Olympic athletes act as role models for children across the world. Usually, they are credited for their athletic ability—if they beat the world record time for swimming or score the game winning goal. This article addresses their mental strength and resilience are qualities that children should admire. The article describes factors in resilience in similar ways to classrooms. Just like Olympic athletes, students must move on and learn from their mistakes. During long-term assignments, teachers can meet with students work to improve their work and learn from mistakes they have already made. Another technique in schools to reveal students “inner-critic” is to self-evaluate their work. Students must have the ability to judge their performance to decide if they are headed in the right direction. In my future classroom, students must learn from their previous mistakes and be able to judge their work to give the best chance of success in the future.

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PBIS Classroom Expectations

Student council demonstrates appropriate classroom behavior.
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Although the video does not explicitly state how the expectations in the classroom are established, the presence of the video hints that classroom norms are shared generation by the teacher and learners. The students were responsible for creating a video demonstrating their classroom rules, which shows that the rules and interpretations were also impacted by the students. The wording and directness of several rules implied that a teacher gave insight on how the classroom should function.  In my classroom, I will also have shared generation rules. This is because it is important for students to be connected to the rules, but the teacher's opinion must be heard. I believe this video is a fun and interesting way for the expectations to be communicated to the class. 

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Class. 10 Ideas for Designing an Engaging Classroom Space | Etale - Life ...

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As part of this planning, teachers also choose (or decide by doing nothing) how to design the physical classroom space. Many considerations inform their thoughts and decisions: personal expression; a desire to highlight ...

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I loved the idea of the "Etch a Sketch Classroom." This idea steams from the toy that allows you to draw something and quickly erase it. In relation to a classroom, a teacher can set up the environment a certain way then completely change it. The blog describes the importance of having a blank canvas with many whiteboards, interactive whiteboards, and other blank slates. This allows teachers to use the space in versatile ways. Having a classroom that can fluctuate with the curriculum is essential for PBL. If the students need to work in groups, design an experiment, listen to directions, or other schoolwork, the blank canvas classroom can easily change shape to accommodate the present needs.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:48 AM

1) Disciplinary Decor –2) Truth, Beauty & Goodness -3) Teacher’s Interests, Credentials and/or Style –4) The Classroom Canvas- 5) Graphic Organizer’s and Learning Tools – 6) Connecting School-wide Goals and Values with the Individual Course –7) The Student Hall of Fame –8) Etch a Sketch 9) The Interactive Classroom –10) Inspiration & Encouragement.

Lauren Yachera's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:44 PM
I really liked some of the ideas that were presented in this article. One of my goals in the future will be to create a warm, nurturing, and comfortable classroom for my students. I want them to feel encouraged and supported while they do their work, and the tips given in the reading will help me to do so. One thing that I really liked is #4- "The Classroom Canvas." I think it would be really interesting to have a classroom that is largely blank at the beginning of the year, and have the teacher and students work together in order to create an environment that they envision a perfect room to be like. This could be an activity that could be worked on within the first week or two of school, over a few months, or even over the whole year. It allows for relationships to form and strengthen through the collaboration and shared brain power between everyone involved. Together, everyone in the classroom can create a space that will facilitate the procedures and lessons involved in PBL, all while allowing the students to express themselves. It also allows for change- if students or the teacher wants to switch somethings up, the classroom is flexible enough to do that.
Yenoch Ng's curator insight, March 31, 2014 6:11 PM

Classroom Climate Plan REVISED:

Many of these ideas for classroom spaces contribute to providing a physical and social environment that focuses on the mission of the whole child. For example, the disciplinary decor, graphic organizers, and learning tools provide tools and strategies students can use to learn and complete academic tasks. It allows students to chose the types of resources they want to use and chose it in an organized manner. On the other hand, the classroom canvas and student hall of fame help nurture a learning community where it encourages students to get to know and care for one another. Subsequently, the classroom canvas and student hall should have students develop the habit of asking for help and helping others in the learning process. It is critical for students to build a learning community to help one another solve problems, be creative, and work with one another in many tasks such as project-based learning. 

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Creating a Making Space in the Classroom

Full video from Maker Faire available at: http://fora.tv/2013/09/21/making_the_case_for_making_in_schools Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, authors of Invent ...
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Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager emphasize creating space  inside and outside of the classroom. They believe that teachers should stand up for themselves to receive resources to best help the learning environment and get necessary tools to create space. For example, they needed extra tables to set up in the computer lab, so students could create a technology model for an assignment. It is important to use space effectively all around the school, especially for Project Based Learning. PBL requires many different learning opportunities and spaces each day, so teachers must adapt the environment to accommodate these needs.

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Watch it Wednesday: Using and Creating Routines to Promote Interactions

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Watch some ways to use classroom routines to build in opportunities for interaction. http://youtu.be/Vl7q_cxjLSg

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One of Robin Parker's main goals in the classroom is to increase social interaction between students. She discusses simple classroom routines that can address her goal.  For example, many elementary school classrooms give students classroom jobs. Parker's modification is to give several students the same classroom job to encourage children to work together. This modification will not create a drastic change to classroom routines, but offers another opportunity for students to work together. This idea works perfectly with the ideas of Project Based Learning. PBL classrooms focus on learning through projects to become global citizens. When students work together they build the ability to create functional relationships.

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Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:03 PM

CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN

This video clip shows an easy and effective way to include shy students in everyday classroom routines.  It is important to include all students in classroom routines.  This video suggests making individual student routines such as book returns, passing out papers, and conducting classroom surveys into partner activities.  Partner activities support the WHOLE DEVELOPMENT AND RESILIENCE OF STUDENTS BY CREATING A SAFE AND ENGAGED ATMOSPHERE THROUGH COMMUNICATION AND RESPONSIBILITY.   

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Ms. Vaughn's Classroom Procedures

It can be hard to figure what you should be doing in class at a certain time. This video contrasts the wrong and right way to proceed in class. Refer to the ...
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Ms. Vaughn's video displays "what to do and not to do" in regard to classroom procedures. This video targets high school students, but the idea is relevant to elementary school students. Ms. Vaughn gives good ideas of how students should behave in the classroom. Throughout the video, she pauses to reflect on what was wrong during the particular scene. In class, we discussed the importance for children to understand the non-example to a problem or task. Sometimes by understanding what not to do, children can better understand what to do. These ideas are broad and relate to practices in both a typical classroom and in a Project Based Learning Classroom. 

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Tweet from @thomasstacho

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The emotional atmosphere of a classroom matters, if fact, it is essential. #PBIS #MTSS @thomasstacho http://t.co/2kqkixug3E
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I believe that the most important part of a classroom is creating a space that is welcoming where all students feel safe. If there is not a positive emotional atmosphere, there will be little academic success. Teachers need to manage a space where all students feel welcome. Schools must teach the importance of understanding bullying and strive towards an environment where school is a safe space for learning.

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Elementary Projects from Worms to Wall Street - YouTube

Newsome Park Elementary students work on a variety of research projects based on their interests. This video was produced by Edutopia. Learn more at http://w...
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Choice is important to motivate students in the classroom. By implementing project-based learning and choice into a classroom, students learn how to apply their knowledge and use interdisciplinary thinking. In my future classroom, I hope to use these techniques and allow students to work on long-term, project-based materials. I work in a classroom with 3-4 year old students that use project-based learning. Each semester, the class picks a topic to study. The class goes on field trips, listens to experts, and has literature in the classroom on their topic. The children brainstorm their own ideas and vote on a topic that interests them and even gives their input on field trip destinations. 

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Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning

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Resources by Topic:

PBL Defined and Clarified
Fundamentals, Examples, and Terminology
Tips from Teachers and Experts




Just getting started with project-based learning (PBL)? Our curated list o
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This project-based learning classroom brought in parents and professionals to help assess their projects. I think this is a neat idea to give students another expert's opinion, as opposed to consistently hearing critiques from their teachers. Bringing in new insight and critiques from other sources expands the knowledge base and brings new perspectives to the classroom. In the video, students learn how to create and test their own models and wing structures. Using project-based learning, it allows classrooms to consistently use the highest levels of thinking, according to Bloom's Taxonomy, Revised. Creating their own model shows that students understand the material by applying it and thinking outside of the box.

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Savouring the Ish: Monkeys or Mathematicians (Math is More Than Memorization)

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"The recent parent-driven push for a “return to basics” shift in math curriculum in Alberta is not unexpected. Our post-industrial society remains regrettably focused on relaying and assessing content over process. The deeply embedded desire to quantify student thinking for the sake of a neat, uni-dimensional continuum that claims to represent student potential results in the inevitable association of learning with factual and procedural recall. Quite simply, we've designed schools to train and measure our children. We group them by age, divide their days into standardized units and test them at regular intervals in order to compare them to their peers. Memorization is easy to measure in math so we convince ourselves we’re holding kids accountable by measuring their recall. This also allows us to rank and sort students effectively without actually engaging them in conversation, something PISA has effectively mastered. However, making a judgement about the quality of an entire math curriculum based on data snapshots from a moment in time is not only irresponsible it's ridiculous. Advocating that because memorization scores have dropped, an entire curriculum should re-focus on memory work is incredibly shortsighted. We've already been there. It wasn't awesome."


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Education is shifting from memorizing content to learning how to apply knowledge and work out procedures. With the common core creating learning standards, children are becoming more equipped to solve problems of the 21st century. In such a technologically driven age, we do not know the jobs that lie ahead of us or what problems our future world will face. By encouraging students to learn how to solve problems on their own and apply knowledge, they will be prepared for anything upon graduation. Our world is changing, therefore, our education system must change as well.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 12, 2014 7:59 PM

The use of David Jardines' work is a bonus in a well-written article. We continue to use an industrial model of school and add to its layers i.e. scientific management, bureaucracy, and technology to prepare children for the 21st Century world. The key is that children live in the world of today and to them it is very relational. We need to surround them in their learning with caring and thoughtful pedagogues who help nurture and lead as they mature and grow.

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Learning How to Learn: What Business Leaders Need to Know

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The world is changing at a rapidly accelerating pace. What you learn today can quickly become outdated. HOW to learn, though, is a skill that lasts a lifetime. When you think about it—it makes sense

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The final quote from Charles Darwin, "it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change," shows the future of education. Educators must prepare and inspire children to become lifelong learners. With skills and careers rapidly changing, people need to be able to adapt more readily than ever. With project-based learning, children can begin to solve problems on their own to become more independent learners and more adaptable to change. Thus, the strategies used would prepare students for their future in a rapidly changing society.

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Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, February 13, 2014 1:49 PM

These points are applicable to any sector and not just the business sector.

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The final quote from Charles Darwin, "it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change," shows the future of education. Educators must prepare and inspire children to become lifelong learners. With skills and careers rapidly changing, people need to be able to adapt more readily than ever. With project-based learning, children can begin to solve problems on their own to become more independent learners and more adaptable to change. Thus, the strategies used would prepare students for their future in a rapidly changing society.