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Seating Arrangements with Work Stations

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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 video mentions grouping the desks together while still making sure the students have access to the board. I thought that that was an important thing to think about. The students should be seated in groups to promote project based learning while still having access to the board when participating in whole class discussions or instructions. I also like the workstations in the middle of the desks so the students have access to all the materials they need and it becomes their space.

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23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow: ipad, classroom, visual, project-based learning, pbl, 21st century learning

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This is a great resource for integrating technology while engaging in PBL. The technology element helps the project come alive through research, designing a plan, and then publishing the student's products. I would like to use technology in the classroom so students can conduct their own research. Apps such as these helps students investigate the world, communicate ideas and take action and influence change beyond the scope of the classroom. This is an element of the technology space in the classroom.

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Jenna Michel's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:31 PM

This is excellent source for integrating technology while engaging in PBL. Gives suggestions for app that can be helpful in all stages of PBL including researching issues, imagining solutions, designing those solutions, and publishing those solutions beyond the scope of the classroom. If i am fortunate enough to have ipad access in my future classroom i think these apps could be absolutly excellent resources for PBL.

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I like the layout of this classroom where the students are in the middle of the room with centers, resources, and materials surround them. I want the classroom to be an engaging enviroment.I will have the students sit in groups instead of rows of desks to support project based learning and promote them collaborating with each other. Having the centers around the students helps them navigate the space more easily.  In addition to some of the centers included in the layout I would like to include a writing center, a music station and a center with manipulatives. I would also like to make the reading area into a reading corner with bean bag chairs making it cozy and inviting.  I would also have a big carpet as a meeting area where the morning routine will take place, read a louds, discussions and instruction. I want the spaces in the classroom to have purpose and add to the student's discovery and learning. Once we start a project in the classroom students will know where to go look up information, where to get materials and where they can collaborate with other students. 

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End-of-Day Procedure: Reflect & Connect

End-of-Day Procedure: Reflect & Connect | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
Having a routine at the end of the school day is a great way to efficiently wrap up the day. Learn how one elementary school teacher wraps up her school day with reflection, check ins, communication and other tasks that pull together the day's lessons.
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Students are reflecting on what they learn. The teacher is able to thank them for their good behavior showing the students that they are supported, a whole child tenet. The end of the day can be a crazy time with all the students running around getting everything together. Establishing an end of the day routine makes the last ten minutes of the day very meaningful and productive. I like how the teacher in the video says goodbye to each of her students. Her actions show how their is a community with in her classroom.

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Classroom Organization

Great ways to keep the classroom organized
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Classroom Climate Plan- Here are some materials that will be needed in the classroom. These are some cute ideas to make sure there is enough space in the classroom for materials and ideas to make things multifunctional.

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Classroom Climate Plan- I like the format of this morning routine it puts the routine in the students perspective for an easy way to check if you got everything done to start your day. The first person wording makes the routine engaging which supports the whole child tenets.

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Classroom Climate Plan- There are good examples of some norms in the classroom. There are many important vocabulary words included. Some of these behaviors and attitudes aligns well with global competency such as communicating ideas, and recognizing perspective. I like how these are all positively worded. It is very important for the norms dispositions represented in the classroom to be positively worded because you want to place emphasis on the good things that the students are doing and giving praise and explaining why what they did was helpful or good. Praise has more weight than constantly focusing on the negative. 

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Establishing Classroom Norms | Math Journeys 2013

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Classroom Climate Plan-This is an example of creating classroom norms with the students so they feel that they are a part of a community and developing it together. This relates to resilience because the students are coming up with the norms of the classroom that are also the skills and dispositions of resilience. The students are thinking about concepts and what it means to come up with the classroom norms. They are creating a safe space by making the norms, they are engaged by creating them themselves, they are supported by explaining their ideas and discussing them with their classmates and asking for help to explain something, Lastly, they are being challenged to think what the classroom norms should be and why they are important. 

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Interesting Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | Not Another History Teacher

Interesting Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom | Not Another History Teacher | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Great resource for using technology in the classroom

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How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

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A master math teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom.
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This video provides a real example of social emotional learning in a classroom. The teacher focuses on discussion skills and having the students comment on others' work, work together on problems and own the ideas they express. Focusing on the social skills helps manage the variety of learners in the classroom. The student learns to accept help or help others, and develop their thinking process to solving a problem. This approach seems very effective 

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Archived: Cooperative Learning

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This is a great overviews of cooperative learning and what it entails. Through cooperative learning children are developing global competency with problem solving and critical thinking among others.

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Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

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Establishing your classroom culture is one of the most important tasks a teacher will do all year. Here are some great tips for establishing a positive environment where students feel safe and part of the community.
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Creating a positive classroom culture is essential for learning. Students needs to feel safe, that they are a part of the learning process and that they are responsible for their learning. A positive environment encourages participation and interactions with peers. This video helps show the impact of a positive classroom culture and how the students are involved.

 

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning... You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.


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This video is a great example of the developing a project idea in the classroom!

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Cinzia Bruno's curator insight, February 18, 2014 9:48 AM

Each class picks a topic to study and then plans a field placement to research and then present their findings. This video is a good example of project based learning in the classroom! They pick the topic they are interested in and then research and learn more information about it. Power Point and thinking maps are great tools to represent learning! Project based learning has improved test scores as well as behavior. It is the way to go! 

Jacqueline Lledo's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:17 PM

Allowing students to complete projects that are actually applicable to the world help make learning more fun.  Students want to learn and when you present them with real life situations they will go head first ready to investigate! 

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Classroom Norms Poster

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This is a poster that I would like to include in my classroom. It provides some important norms that are positively worded and encourage working together that would help support a PBL classroom. I like having posters around the classroom to remind students of the norms and encourages them to try their best. These would be examples of teacher generated norms. Although I would like to include posters I still would like to come up with the norms of the classroom with the students. It is important for them to generate the norms with fellow classmates to create a community within the classroom and let them make their own decisions of what is important in our community.

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Communicate Learning With Silent Signals

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These silent signals allow students in a classroom or an entire school to communicate learning in a consistent and effective manner. See these communication signals in action and how they help other students and the instructors.
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The use of the signals keeps the students engaged and supported. The symbols are used school wide so it is an established form of communication in their learning community. The signs support the skills within resiliency. Children are communicating, processing and evaluating information. The signs and their meanings are a routine in the classroom that establish specific expectations in the classroom. In other words the students know that they need to speak in complete sentences and think about whether they agree or disagree with what other students are saying.  

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Routines and Procedures for Managing Your Classroom

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This has a good list of routines that are important to think about and include in the classroom. The routines are key to an organized classroom and reducing interruptions. The routines should be explained and practiced; it shows the students that we have routines in place to help learn more effectively and responsibility in the classroom. In my future classroom I would like my students to be able to move freely around the room getting materials when they need them and being able to utilize the centers around them. I want them to feel that they are a part of a learning community. Having routines in place, helps students know when it is appropriate to get materials or when group work is happening. The routines support project based learning making the most out of time in the classroom. Some routines  I would like to establish include,  a morning routine, transitions between whole class activities and groups, a line up routine, changing classes, cleanup, and the end of the day routine.

For the morning routine I will greet each student and the students will hand in any homework put their belongings in their cubbies or desks and then head over to the carpet for a morning meeting.  In the morning meeting we will do some activities such as me stew and sing our morning song, where we say good morning to all of our friends and something you are looking forward to today. For the transitions between activities I would like to include some choreography to mix it up and keep the students engaged and focused. For lining up each student will have a spot or square to line up on and the students will switch off being the line leader. I will have a signal that students will know means time to line up. Those are just some examples of the steps and procedures for some of the routines I would like to establish.The list of routines and procedures in this article is really helpful in thinking about what procedures in the classroom are important.

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Choreograph Your Classroom

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Building smooth transitions into your lessons and throughout the school day makes for a more efficient learning environment. Learn how you can build smooth transitions easily into your routine.
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This video shows a clever way to incorporate transitions with choreography. As a teacher you must pay attention to the flow of the classroom and how your transitions fit in. Establishing transitions in the classroom as a routine allows for more time to learn and eliminates side talk and time for the students to get distracted. Creating the transitions based on your flow of your classroom also connects to the space you create in the classroom. Giving students specific path ways to walk in and cues of when to go to their desks or get materials saves the space congestion. I like the idea of singing and song or dance moves as a transition. It is fun and keeps them focused.

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Classroom Organization: The Physical Environment | Scholastic.com

Classroom Organization: The Physical Environment | Scholastic.com | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | 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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Classroom Climate Plan- This article provides a great outline of creating physical spaces in the classroom and their purpose. I want my students to be able to collaborate in small groups, so I will arrange the desks in clusters that lends itself to collaboration.  I like the point about the physical environment acting as "another teacher" where it motivates children and adds to the learning. I would like to have centers in my classroom, such as a reading corner, writing center, music station, computer center, and a manipulative center. The materials should all be accessible to help the flow of the classroom. I would like the classroom to be set up in a way where students can move from one area to another, it help breaks up some monotony and help children learn, the article points out that research has shown that children need "extensive mobility while learning," that is something I would like to incorporate to address differing learning styles.

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Creating Classroom Routines & Procedures | Scholastic.com

Creating Classroom Routines & Procedures | Scholastic.com | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

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Classroom Climate Plan- This website has great reasoning for establishing routines, the type of routines to establish, and and the purpose of the routines. There is a great breakdown of the different routines that are important. Providing routines to students illustrates to them what is expected of them and how to do things on their own. Establishing routines saves time in the classroom. It provides a classroom that supports project based learning because the students know what materials they can use, when to use them, and what they are responsible for. It is important for the routines to be taught and modeled to the students. By the teacher modeling the routines the students are able to understand them and it will resonate with them more by watching the teacher do it and then actively doing it.  

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Motivate To Learn: A Classroom Community

Motivate To Learn: A Classroom Community | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it
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Classroom Climate Plan- This is a cute display of the norms. I like the students pictures around them as a reminder of the classroom community and the whole child initiative. Creating a classroom environment allows the students to feel safe and supported. 

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NoTosh - The Lab

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Good resource that I saw was tweeted for #EDCI397 about incorporating a space design with project based learning.

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Educational Leadership:Building Classroom Relationships:The Key to Classroom Management

Educational Leadership:Building Classroom Relationships:The Key to Classroom Management | EDCI 397- Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools | Scoop.it

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This is really helpful in outlining the components of effectively managing a classroom. It is really important to make rules and it is great to make some rules with the students so they feel apart of the classroom community. Another aspect is to have expectations with consequences to show what is not acceptable and reinforce positive behavior. Learning goals should be presented so students can understand the direction and purpose of lessons. It is very important for the teacher to express interest in the students. When the student feels that the teacher is here for them and wants them to succeed then the atmosphere invites cooperation and makes the students feel important and special.

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Classroom Management

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this is a great resource for classroom management help. The website has articles and resources where you can contact and expert to help with specific problems.

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Tweet from @edutopia

MT @TeachingChannel: Tips for building community in the #classroom: http://bit.ly/1cAbpL3 .
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This video (tweeted from edutopia) highlights the importance of the community. The students should know that the teachers cares and is in on their side. Having a community in the classroom allows the teacher to focus on the positives.

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Tweet from @biepbl

@UMDnliebler @iEARNUSA @edutopia Here are a handful of Elementary #GloablEd projects: http://bit.ly/1cVGAAr #PBL
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More global education project ideas! We used this resource in class on Tuesday to search for some ideas. I like the global warming idea among many others.

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