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7 Ways to Immediately Improve Classroom Culture

7 Ways to Immediately Improve Classroom Culture | Education: EDCI397 |

Classroom culture is a make-or-break for student achievement and teacher sanity. To improve my classroom, I tried every idea that I could find. I threw out some of the ideas after one day: for exam...

Via Peggy Drolet
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These are simple, but effective ways that could immediately improve classroom culture. They make it so that the classroom is a place where students enjoy to be, and where teachers love to teach. After reading them, I thought they almost acted as  a way to give the students quick mental breaks throughout the day, or to reinforce in their minds that teachers also were something outside of the classroom- they are regular human beings. These tips show off the positive sides of students, like exemplifying things that they are doing well, or allowing them to lighten up so that they're smiling and laughing throughout the day. These strategies allow the classroom atmosphere to be light and happy, rather than stressful, dull, or full of tension. I remember growing up, I had a few teachers who would implement such strategies as telling corny jokes, or showing quick video clips to allow us to take a break from school. I thought, and still think, that it's a great way to make the classroom a place where students really want to be. 

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Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate > Committee for Children

Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate > Committee for Children | Education: EDCI397 |

Via Lauren Jackson
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This article really explained some ways to create a positive classroom climate. One thing that stood out to me immediately was that classroom climate doesn't just happen, it is created by everyone in the classroom. Collaboration and communication are key factors in creating this type of environment; everyone is allowed to work together to share ideas, stories, standards, and tones that makes the classroom a safe, respectful, welcoming, and supportive environment. The pie chart was a good addition to the article visually. It shows that each component works equally together to create a positive classroom climate; one factor does not dominate over others. While rules and norms are important to be developed and upheld, a teacher must be able to create and maintain positive relationships with all of their students, as well as 'promote positive peer relationships. Though it may seem obvious- the word "positive" is the dominant factor of all of this. A negative classroom climate may lead to hostile attitudes between students and teachers. Everyone should feel welcome and encouraged in their classroom, not upset and volatile.

Lauren Jackson's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:33 PM

This article acknowledged a huge misconception regarding classroom environment. Some teachers may settle with "I get the students I get, and nothing can change that." We need to highlight that the classroom climate is created by all members of the class. I believe the students play an essential role in the climate, but positive student teacher relationships are even more vital. As a student teacher, when entering a new classroom, I can almost immediately get a feel for the classroom climate. In particular, one classroom I worked in had a negative environment, with few peer and teacher relationships. It made it unenjoyable for me to be there, so I can only imagine the impact on student achievement. 

Hallie Lease's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:49 AM

An important part of the classroom beyond the academics are the relationships that are created through students and their teacher. Before a teacher can go into instruction, they need to form the base of their relationships with their students. This develops respect and a connection with those in the class. If students feel respected and connected with their peers and students they can more easily learn, and be comfortable to ask questions. Teachers should be the facilitators for positive relationships. 

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Setting Up for Second: Mid-year Update: Alternative Seating

Setting Up for Second: Mid-year Update: Alternative Seating | Education: EDCI397 |

Via Becky Vickers
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I really liked that everything in the classroom seems like it was accommodated for the student's well being; the tables were lowered to "kid size" and no space really seems to be wasted for any unknown reason. Everything is set up for a specific reason. The concept of alternative seating was really interesting to me, because growing up, we always were placed in assigned (and uncomfortable) seats, and maybe only switched around once or twice throughout the year. The teacher in this article allows her students to sit on the floor while they do work, read standing up by the book shelves, and so on. By giving them the autonomy (to a certain extent) to do work in a way that will work for them, the teacher is creating a fun and successful classroom climate. Although I would really need to think about how to implement some of the ideas implemented in this article, I would really like to experiment with some of the arrangements that were included in it. 

Becky Vickers's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:46 AM

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.  

Alison Harrington's curator insight, March 13, 2014 7:01 AM

a classroom set up is always on the fore front of the mind the week before the first day of school. however, this article highlight how important the concept of "updating is". our class needs may change as our students evolve and develop as learners and a mid year update can help support success, including ideas of alternative seating. students should be able to have a classroom environment where they can choose and have autonomy. everything should have a purpose in  the classroom and we shouldn't waste space. 

Becca Wagman's curator insight, March 14, 2014 1:07 AM

Classroom Climate: This article really enhanced the physical spaces of the classroom. It is important to make students feel comfortable in the classroom and be able to have different spaces for different tasks. These classroom ideas really take advantage of the spaces in the classroom and it keeps all the resources accessible for the students to find when they need them. I especially liked the low table and the colorful rug. It is important to make the classroom bright and cheery and youthful in order to keep the students excited about learning. In regards to project-based learning, these classroom ideas help to keep the classroom open for learning and for students to take advantage of the resources in the classroom for further learning and research. (SPACE)

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Reeds Spring Middle School

Reeds Spring Middle School | Education: EDCI397 |

Via Becky Vickers
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Based off of the pictures and descriptions included, I feel like this is a very open and inviting classroom. I love all of the organizational structures that the teacher has put up throughout the room, such as the various containers and buckets on the station tables. This allows for a much easier flow and handling of projects, because the students know where everything is and they can get what they need without digging throughout all of their things or just wandering aimlessly around the room looking for it. I also really liked her that her communication boards were dry erase boards. This allows her to easily keep her students updated and prepared for what they may need to know throughout the day. It seems like this classroom has a very warm and inviting climate, and I'll take some of these ideas into consideration when I am structuring my own classroom. 

Becky Vickers's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:07 AM

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. 

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture | Education: EDCI397 |
"The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me." - Teacher in Louisville, Kentucky

When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I wa

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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I really like the idea of a morning meeting in the classroom everyday. It would give me a chance, as the teacher, to learn more about my students and build relationships with them. It also encourages the students to learn more about each other, and create an environment of mutual respect and understanding about one another. I really like that the students would have the opportunity in the morning to communicate and collaborate with each other. The chance to talk to each other and share stories and words allows each student to feel significant and that they're an important part of the classroom community. Although it may take a few weeks to implement the meetings and make them as beneficial and rewarding as possible, I really think it would be a great thing to implement in the classroom.

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A new learning legacy: Stories from the Flat Classroom

As part of the Global Education Conference 2012, Flat Classroom co-founders Julie and Vicki presented alongside Flat Classroom teachers and Flat Classroom Cert (Presented at #globaled12 'A new learning legacy: Stories from the Flat Classroom'

Via Julie Lindsay
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Interesting slide show to come across. It really shows the components of a flat class and allows the students to see that the world really is just a flat, global community. I got some interesting ideas from this slide show. I like the "Handshake" portion of the production- using such video applications like Skype (with teacher/adult supervision, of course) allows students to communicate with other children from around the world. They really get to see how others live and can compare and contrast their lives to them. In order to connect the world, classrooms need to engage in meaningful discussions and collaborations and ask questions. Just like the last slide says, "Once you go flat you never go back!"

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7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World

7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World | Education: EDCI397 |
7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World

Via Diane Johnson
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Very insightful. I really liked that they had statistics about what students thought about global issues. Specifically, the article states, "Nearly all (98 percent) of students in a recent survey agreed that a strong understanding of world history and events is critical to developing solutions to a global problem." This shows that students really are interested and understanding in and of the fact that learning about the history and current issues in the world is becoming increasingly important. In a changing society, having this information can benefit the students greatly, whether this be in or out of the classroom. Bilingualism and a knowledge of the happenings of the world is becoming a very valued trait within the international job community, and if we instill these skills within students at an early age, we may be setting themselves up for great things in the future.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:04 AM

Additional support for NGSS for ALL students

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Summer Planning for Successful PBL

Summer Planning for Successful PBL | Education: EDCI397 |

It is often said that leading and teaching in project-based learning schools are like building an airplane while flying it. During the summer, we land the plane and we have a chance to just build. In the spirit of summer, this post is brief and concrete so we have more time for the beach and planning! Here are three ways you can plan for student success this summer:

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Short and brief reminder that our work doesn't end when the students leave for summer! In order to create great PBLs for the upcoming school year, we're going to have to start planning early, understand the topic ourselves, and go out into the community in order to make connections that will be incredibly useful when school is back in session. A teacher's work is never over!

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World Savvy: 2012 Global Competency Survey - Why Global Education? - About - World Savvy

World Savvy: 2012 Global Competency Survey - Why Global Education? - About - World Savvy | Education: EDCI397 |

2012 Global Competency Survey

"The study developed by World Savvy reminds us of the work that remains to be done in terms of preparing young people for the global future they are inheriting. The US can no longer be satisfied with an education that is not world class both in character and caliber. The time to reorient our focus is upon us."

- William Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia University

Via Gordon Dahlby
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The graphics are what drew me into looking at this article, but the information in it is what got me to stay. It shocked me to read that 63% of the young adults surveyed indicated that they did not discuss world events in high school. I have always had an interest in world cultures, but honestly I would agree with them- a lot of the classes that I took before college really didn't focus on countries other than the United States. As the world continues to change and cultures continue to develop and become more and more prominent within our own society, the idea of global competency in education is so important. Because the world is changing to much, cultural knowledge is becoming increasingly important in the workplace as well. We need to know what issues are effecting people all around the world, not just in our immediate society. The article even says, "80% believe that jobs are becoming increasingly international in nature." It's crucial for teachers to start teaching global competency at a young age so that our students can grow up to become competent and successful adults in the work place.

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The PBL Super Highway... Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning

The PBL Super Highway... Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning | Education: EDCI397 |

"Are you on a journey to find  great PBL ideas? Then you have come to the right place. In fact, you just might want to spend some time here and also continue to come back. The first of my list includes sites that have created data bases of PBL Units. You will find units that you can use, improve, or incorporate as a base."

Via Beth Dichter, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Useful links when it comes to coming up with a great PBL for the classroom. This website will be incredibly useful in the future!

Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:56 PM

If you are going to be using Project Based Learning (PBL) in your classroom this year then take the time to check out this post. You will find 45 resources to help you along the way. Sections include:

* Databases of PBL Units

* Other PBL Idea Generators

* Challenges and Competitions

Each site is hot linked and there is a short description of what you will find if you click through. This post has put together an amazing number of PBL resources that will provide great resources to help make PBL successful in your classroom!

Danielle Howard's comment, February 20, 2014 7:25 PM
Website that offers links to find PBL ideas. This will be great resource to use when struggling to come up with a project for students' interests.
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Do at-risk children ‘infect’ peers?

Do at-risk children ‘infect’ peers? | Education: EDCI397 |
UPenn researchers find classrooms with many at-risk students affect performance of other kids (Do at-risk children ‘infect’ peers?
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I thought this was a really interesting article. Researchers have found that disadvantaged children seem to pull down the achievement rate of those children who are not disadvantaged. They discovered that children who were mistreated or homeless seemed to do poorly in school, and this affected the other children around them. This may be because the "at risk" children are disruptive, or require more attention, in turn, leaving the not "at risk" children with less one on one instruction with the teacher. To me, this discovery seems kind of obvious. If children are mistreated at home, they may have behavioral issues in school and may require more personalized instruction to help them succeed. Similarly, if other children are distracted by their peers then they may not focus on their school work as well, and they may not get the attention from teachers that they need. The real question is, however, how do we fix this? All children deserve to receive the attention they need, and all children deserve to learn in a classroom. How can educators provide students with equal opportunity to be educated, all while striving for them succeed at high levels?

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What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE

What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE | Education: EDCI397 |

Project Based Learning for the 21st Century...

Via Gust MEES
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This is a really informative website that explains to readers what project based learning is. It reiterates the concepts that we have gone over thus far in EDCI397 in a simple and easy way. I especially like that there are separate pages to browse through on the right side of the page. The link, "Why PBL?" struck me. It explains that now, more than ever, students find school to be boring and pointless. We have to change this! Students are the future and we have to make sure that they play an active and engaging role in their worlds. These are definitely concepts that I will implement in my classroom.

Jacqueline Lledo's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:19 PM

If you're not familiar with PBL here are the essentials to get you started

Michelle Dubin 's curator insight, February 19, 2014 3:38 PM

This website describes what project-based learning is and reiterates the information I learned in EDCI397. It allowed me to get a better understanding of how useful project-based learning can be in a classroom and I definitely plan on using the concepts in my future classroom!

Cinzia Bruno's curator insight, February 20, 2014 8:28 AM

Here is a quick breakdown of what PBL involves. 

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The Global Teacher

The Global Teacher | Education: EDCI397 |

I have talked about the notion of "classroom teacher" vs. "school teacher" in posts before, and have begun to rethink this notion. …. 


So now I have started to think about the “global teacher“.  The global teacher has the best elements of the classroom and school teacher, but their focus is on “what is best for kids”, no matter if is their own kids, kids in the school across the street, or across the ocean.  They got into teaching because they love students and want to help every single one of them, no matter their situation or location.  They care for the kids in their classroom, they share openly with others in their school and connect with kids, but want to make things better past their own situation.  They inspire change whether it is with one classroom in another school, or thousands.  They also tap into others and bring the best to their students. The more we look at what others are doing, the better we can become for the students closest to us.

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Really interesting to see how teachers can really be divided up into groups based off of how involved they are with their students, their school, and the world. As the world keeps changing, it becomes more and more important for a teacher to keep in touch with what is going on not only in their student's lives, but in the world as well. Globally competent teachers are needed in order to keep up with the world.

Hallie Lease's curator insight, February 16, 2014 6:29 PM

This article really describes the characteristics of a true global teacher :) It is wanting the best for all students, no matter who they are or where they are. Teachers that instill resistance in children, so they can in turn make a change or difference in the world on there own, no matter how small. 

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:18 AM

 Just based from the title of this article, I have to say that if a goal of ours is to inspire globally competent students, then we as teachers have to also be global.  Based from this article, it tells that not only the students should be contributing, but teachers should also be contributing and making a difference for others.  I believe for this to be very important and hope that if teachers want their students to be globally competent, that they too take a step in the same direction.

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Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture | Education: EDCI397 |
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.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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I really liked this video. The teacher says that it's important to explain to students that it's okay to fail; mistakes can be fixed and making these mistakes may even help them to learn more. The students need to know that each one of them is an important component in creating classroom culture, and that they are all responsible for maintaining these standards that they set. The teacher says, "We're all on a journey," and explains to her students that if they do what they need to do, then they will reach where they want to go. I think it's really important to set standards and guidelines for the students to follow throughout the year, and if the students themselves have the opportunity to chime in and give their opinion, then it makes it even more meaningful and effective. Creating a classroom culture filled with respect, support, and excitement is something that I definitely want to do. 

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Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching

Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching | Education: EDCI397 |
In the aftermath of the testing regimen, or just the headlong rush to the end of school, educators are loosening their collars, breathing heavy sighs of relief (or resignation), and contemplating wh (Why education must nurture the curiosity and hearts...

Via Alison Harrington
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This was  a really interesting and eye-opening article to come across. I remember at my 280 internship last year, my mentor teacher seemed exasperated at times when she realized that all she would be doing for the next few weeks would be lecturing her students on how to do well on their MSAs. She told me that it was the same thing day after day, and besides her being bored with the same old regimen, her students also seemed pretty bored. This article explains that it's beyond important for teacher to nourish and support not only the intellectual development of their students, but their social-emotional and character development as well. Teachers really need to find the balance between all of these components in order to ensure the success of their students. Engaged teaching is the topic at hand; everyone must be engaged in learning, not just instruction and reading off lessons to their students . Curiosity must be nurtured, deep learning must occur. Basically, teachers must be able to educate their students, not just engage them in a testing program. They must (as the title of the article explains) "restore the soul and skill of educators through engaged teaching."

Alison Harrington's curator insight, February 19, 2014 11:01 AM

such an encouraging read! despite the culture of standardized testing and lecturing, we must remember  why we do what we do as educators. engaged learning will help teachers to find the balance between education and instruction. "together, the five dimensions nourish and support the development of the whole student -- healthy heart, mind, and inner life -- that we feel is the foundation of academic learning". 

Hallie Lease's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:45 AM

A powerful quote from this article "education takes a back seat to instruction." This article describes the engaged teacher. Too much, teachers are worried about teaching to the test, etc instead of truly educating their students. The engaged teachers involves, teaching respectful boundaries, the teacher really being there and being present, developing emotionally etc. These things are truly important to students, and they are skills that can be carried with them throughout life.  

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Olson's Crafty Kinders: August 2011

Olson's Crafty Kinders: August 2011 | Education: EDCI397 |

Via Becky Vickers
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This pre-k classroom is impressive! After looking at all of the pictures the teacher has included, I am in awe that her and her students worked together to create such an interesting, colorful, and inviting classroom climate. It looks like everything is spacious and organized, something that is not only great for younger children, but for PBLs as well. Since PBL included a lot of hands on activities and movement, the great amount of space in the classroom allows for this to easily be done. They can see where everything needs to go, because everything seems so organized. The fact that both the teacher and the students collaborated to make such a fun classroom allows for relationships and cooperation to be built among everyone in the room. Everyone feels like they have a job and that they are important in the classroom. 

Becky Vickers's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:58 AM

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. 

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

10 Ideas for Designing an Engaging Classroom Space | Etale - Life ... | Education: EDCI397 |
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 ...

Via Anne Whisken, Carlos Fosca
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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.
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 Portalea's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:53 AM

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.

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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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture | Education: EDCI397 |
20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Really insightful tips that help to promote a self-directed classroom culture. I came across a few that I never really considered before: making the classroom a safe place to fail, and considering natural consequences. Both of these go together hand-in-hand when it comes to students attitudes towards not doing as well as they may have expected. Students need to know that it is okay to fail (sometimes, not all of the time!) and that they can bounce back from it. They cannot be afraid of failure; if they are, they may never try new things. It's important to build a nurturing and supportive classroom, where the teacher acts as a neutral supporter (rather than an angry, disappointed one) that encourages the student that everything will be okay. We have to help them if they don't do well, not hurt them even more.

JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:25 PM

TeachThought provides a list of 20 tips to promote a self-directed classroom culture.  They say a great classroom culture needs to be a place in which:

Safe Place to FailEncourage CuriosityGive your students a voiceUse tiered responsibilityFoster peer supportConsider natural consequencesConfidence buildingModel how to learnDon’t impose limitations

10. Use real life examples of perseverance

11. Teach students how to set manageable goals

12. Teach students how to overcome disappointment

13. Reward attitude, not just aptitude

14. Believe in their abilities

15. Accept the mess

16. Offer reflection after the project is over

17. Give immediate feedback

18. Give both short and long-term assignments

19. Identify obstacles and negative beliefs

20. Let go of the idea that students success reflects on you


To me, the only way to establish classroom culture is for it to be self-directed.  Culture is something that is hard to put your finger on because it really is intangible, it is something that has to be taught, transferred, and supported by everyone in the room.  These suggestions are great guidelines for how to think about student success and believing good things for your class.  Some practical suggestions I would like to use for sure, are peer support and giving students a voice.  I believe kids are more inclined to become passionate learners when they feel like they have a voice in what goes on in the classroom.

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:06 PM

I personally really liked these tips and will definitely be using some of them in my future classroom.  I actually really thought it was different and liked that one of the tips was to make it a safe place to fail.  This is because I feel like everything about school is always about getting good grades and students feel ashamed to get a bad grade, especially a failing grade. This makes it very important to create an environment where it is okay to fail.

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Common Core State Standards: Elementary School

Visit English and math classrooms who have already begun to adapt to the new Common Core standards. See what changes teachers are making in their practice to...

Via Rachel McGrath
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This was an interesting video to come across. I am still not completely familiar with the Common Core State Standards, so this was insightful to see. I like the fact that the new standards requires students to explain their thinking as they work on and solve problems. This way, if they mess up at a certain part, you can see where they are struggling and help them at that point. This communication component between student and teacher is something that I think will help to build a level of trust and a relationship that will be helpful. The domains part of the standards intrigued me, I thought it was interesting that some of the domains continue on throughout the grades. This indicates to me that these skills are important to understand throughout their education. I also thought that it was interesting that the standards specify "what" the students should be working on and the answer they should get, and it is up to teachers and school as to "how" they should be getting that answer. Since I am a math concentration, this video really gave me a solid understanding of the CCSS. The language arts component of the video also related to some of the practices and strategies that I am learning in some of my other classes, so it was also really helpful to see. 

Rachel McGrath's curator insight, February 19, 2014 11:03 PM

I really enjoyed this video, it was beneficial because it discusses the standards for Math and English, but it also discusses how the teachers are learning to implement it in class. This video caused a bunch of reactions for me. The first was with the Math. I really like that students are learning there are more than one way to solve things and that could lead to more than one answer. I become sad when I hear of stories where a student had an answer but they did it a different way than "what the teacher taught" so it was unacceptable. This common core really allows the students to explore multiple ways. Another reaction was that it was nice to build connections between what I am learning in classes now and how other teachers are doing similar things. I am reminded of my high school Spanish teacher who used to always say, "Let's make connections" and I think this really applies here.

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A Global Education Declaration

A Global Education Declaration | Education: EDCI397 |
A Declaration of the Value of Global Education
Presented at the 2013 Global Education Conference

Because we are citi…

Lauren Yachera's insight:

I really liked this- it's goes over all of the major points as to why it is so important to have a globally educated classroom. We live in an increasingly culturally diverse world that is becoming more and more connected as the years go on. As a result of this, we have to make sure to keep our students in the loop of what is going on throughout the world. Even though there are some terrible things (wars, poverty, slavery, etc.) still going on, the declaration points out, "... complex worldwide problems need collaborative, cooperative, and intelligent solutions." Because of this, our students have to work together to know that they have the potential to solve problems throughout the world. Every child has infinite worth and potential to learn and become part of the global community. Reading these declarations was powerful and really insightful as to what I need to consider when making PBLs and globally competent lessons plans in the future.

iEARN-USA's curator insight, November 23, 2013 3:03 PM

Powerful! Thank you Steve and Lucy for summing up four years of Global Education Conferences! 

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8 Essentials of PBL: The Big Delivery….Santa Believes… Do You?

8 Essentials of PBL: The Big Delivery….Santa Believes… Do You? | Education: EDCI397 |
Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. Recently I was reviewing an outstandin...

Via Beth Dichter
Lauren Yachera's insight:

Interesting article with a cute graphic about how Santa believes in PBL. Each element of PBL is included with some notes from Santa. I got a smile out of this one!

Becky Vickers's curator insight, February 18, 2014 9:59 AM

This is a great outline of the important elements and goals of PBL. This will be useful when I'm thinking about ideas for classroom projects. Does it do all of these things?

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning | Education: EDCI397 |

I’ve been teaching using a project-based learning pedagogy since mid-2010 when I was introduced to PBL by my friend, Dean Groom.

Since then I have had some wonderful learning experiences with PBL and I enjoy sharing both my successes and failures and experiments in learning on my blog. I thought it’d be helpful for other people if I put all of my PBL-related posts on one page, just in case you’re starting out and you want to see how another teacher is doing it too.

Lauren Yachera's insight:

First-hand accounts from a teacher implementing PBL. Being a new teacher will be intimidating, but reading these anecdotes has been helpful in calming my nerves and thinking about different ways to use PBL in the classroom.

Ashlee David's curator insight, February 19, 2014 3:05 PM

I love hearing how other teachers go about planing their lessons. This is one of the things that scars me the most about teacher. Planing a lesson as well as pulling it off smoothly. Seeing how other teacher do it helps me with ideas for my class and what I should try and avoid. The whole idea of PBL is new to me. I have rarely done it as a student let a lone try to plane my own for a class of 25 students. It's nice to know the process other teachers are going through. This is a great blog to get ideas about PBL. 

Rachel McGrath's comment, February 19, 2014 11:24 PM
I also found this source as well, although I think from someone else. Either way I thought it was important as well to see how other teachers were implementing PBL and how I could learn from their mistakes.
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27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students

27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students | Education: EDCI397 |
27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
Lauren Yachera's insight:

Really cute ways to greet students :) In EDCI397, we've been learning about how important it is for students to feel comfortable and welcome within the classroom, and for them to have a connection and bond with their teacher. These tips are really creative ways to help the student feel like they belong and are welcomed! Along with the list that we've created in class (introduce themselves to each other as different characters,  "Me-Stew", and so on), these will be great additions to consider when I'm in the classroom!

Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 16, 2013 5:13 PM

I teach middle school but will try this out!

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FreeBIEs | Project Based Learning | BIE

FreeBIEs | Project Based Learning | BIE | Education: EDCI397 |
Project Based Learning for the 21st Century

Via Jim Lerman
Lauren Yachera's insight:

Really helpful website! A ton of rubrics, articles, checklists, and handouts to utilize in the classroom. I really liked the checklist for PBLs; something I'll definitely have to look back to in the classroom.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 1, 2013 4:59 PM

The Buck Institute for Education provides an excellent web presence that focuses exclusively on Project Based Learning; it's site offers a large number of outstanding resources.


One very helpful section is FreeBIES (I had to think for a minute before I got the pun) -- which consist of planning forms, student handouts, rubrics, and articles for educators to download and use to design, assess, and manage projects.


After spending some time looking at these aids, be sure to browse around through the rest of the site to see the other great material it has to offer.

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Elementary Lesson Plans

Elementary Lesson Plans | Education: EDCI397 |
Elementary Lesson Plans...

Via R.Conrath, Ed.D.
Lauren Yachera's insight:

Tips and ideas for elementary school lesson plans- good find! Having some guidelines for creating lesson plans will allow me to incorporate components of a good PBL and global competency.

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