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Infographic: Classroom Expectations | Infogram | See more about infographic.

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This is a great poster that represents how student behavior and attitude should be in the classroom. It gives students an opportunity to pause and think about their words and actions before saying or doing these actions. I want my classroom t be a safe and respectful environment, and this poster gives students a tool to look at and use before making a comment. Having this poster right in the front of the classroom would emphasize that it is important to think before we speak, and that by not doing so we could unintentionally hurt someone's  feelings. Thinking before you speak is an important norm I would like to instill into my classroom. In terms of Whole Child Learning, it allows children to become responsible for their own actions. By having a classroom of students who are kind and respectful toward one another, the overall classroom environment will become positive and engaging for students.

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Nicole Liebler's curator insight, March 28, 2014 6:59 PM

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I think this is an important behavior/attitude approach to include in my future classroom. Especially when working with project based learning, students are constantly collaborating and verbally sharing ideas. It is important to establish expectations for how students will communicate with each other. These five questions help build the basis for respectful words, which is a disposition I want to emphasize in my future classroom. I would love to make this THINK poster in a miniature size and post it on the top corner of each student's desk (next to their name tag). If each student has a consistent, constant, visible reminder on his/her desk for how to make positive contributions to the class, I think the classroom climate will be a safe, respectful environment. In terms of fostering resiliency, if students can ask themselves these questions, they will learn to become responsible and empathetic for others. I want to make it clear to my students that we must all make decisions that are kind, honest, and beneficial.

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Daily Rituals: The First Fifteen Minutes | Scholastic.com

Daily Rituals: The First Fifteen Minutes | Scholastic.com | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
I don’t believe that there is one “right” way to start the school day. I have my traditions, and I have watched beautiful and very different beginnings in many other classrooms. Here are just some possibilities.
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This blog described different techniques teachers use for the beginning of class every morning. Alycia Zimmerman gives tips such as personally greeting students as they arrive, assigning children different jobs, and allowing children to do different warmups prior to starting the school day. At the end of the article, Zimmerman lists tips and techniques from other teachers as well. This article is a great tool to set routines in the classroom. It supports Whole Child Learning because children automatically feel safe and supported in the classroom as soon as they enter from the teachers welcome. Students also are engaged from the different activities they can immediately take part in and the tasks they can accomplish. I really liked the ideas discussed throughout the entire blog because these are tendencies that I want to embody in my own classroom; I want my students to always feel engaged, supported and safe. I plan on bringing these tools into my own classroom to implement a Whole Child Learning environment. 

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Aspects of classroom climate chart. Oh, how I heart charts. | See more about teaching resources, teaching and charts.
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This is a great chart giving examples of different aspects of a classroom climate. Teachers must consider many different elements when creating their classroom climate, and this chart provides many different avenues that they can center their classroom around such as the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social environment. These listed norms explain the ideal classroom climate I want for my own classroom. These norms support project-based learning because it is a very supportive environment. Children are encouraged to discover and know that mistakes are a part of the learning process. Students have access to materials and are free to interact with each other. Teachers are also proactive and resourceful to students and their knowledge. Overall, the chart provides a wealth of knowledge.

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getting rid of my teacher desk {alternative seating bonus} - KindergartenWorks

getting rid of my teacher desk {alternative seating bonus} - KindergartenWorks | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
How one teacher bravely dumps her teacher desk for a "teacher space" and in turn finds the space for alternative seating which makes her kindergarten room a happy place to be!
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Here is another article with more examples of alternative seating in the classroom. I really enjoyed the pictures throughout the blog because you can see the positive impact the new seating has on both the students in the class and the class environment. By getting rid of desks and moving them to places that do not block parts of the classroom, the room automatically becomes more open for students to use. The pictures showed many cheap yet creative ideas for classroom seating, such as a bouncy ball and a yoga ring. I love the pictures of the students working at the end of the blog because you get to see this alternative seating in action. While students are scattered around the classroom, they are still very engaged and appear to be very focused on their tasks because they are comfortable.

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

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This article mentions three key features that are equally important to creating a positive classroom environment - developing and reinforcing classroom rules and norms, nurturing positive relationships with all students, and promoting positive peer relationships. My favorite part of this article is at the end where it discusses how to assess how the classroom climate is for the students. Teachers can either sit down with students individually or give them some short questions to answer to get their feedback on the classroom environment. I love the idea of checking in with students about the classroom climate because the way I as a teacher view the environment may be different than the view of a student. Teachers can then work together with their students to make any adjustments to the classroom climate they may need to. All students should feel comfortable and safe in their classroom, and by checking in on students' thoughts and feelings teachers can help ensure this.

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Classroom Layouts: Seating Arrangements for Effective Learning - AmpliVox Sound Systems Blog

Classroom Layouts: Seating Arrangements for Effective Learning - AmpliVox Sound Systems Blog | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
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This article gives a wide variety of different classroom desk designs teachers can use. Not only does the article describe the different setups, but it also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each setup, as well as information on how to slightly alter these layouts to better accommodate the class space and atmosphere. This is a great tool for teachers to look at when deciding how to best set up desks for specific projects and activities. For example, if teachers want a lot of student interaction they should choose to set up the desks in a circle or U-shape, but of they want more individualized work they may choose to set up the class in rows. 

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A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
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This is a simple yet effective checklist for teachers to use to see if students have fully incorporated the essentials for project-based learning! A great tool for teachers! 

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Resources and Downloads for Global Competence

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Educators from the John Stanford International School, in Seattle, Washington, have provided these resources and tools for teaching global competence.

Via Vicki Butler
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This site provides sample global competence unit plans for different grade levels. It is a great tool for teachers to look back on and use when creating their own global classroom projects because it gives examples for each grade level!

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:42 PM

Yea Seattle! This school is just down the hill from us, well and over by Lake Union.

 

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

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A quick overview posted in a 3-minute video explaining the Common Core State Standards. Great tool to refresh your memory about the Common Core!

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David Cordts's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:46 AM

Here's an FYI -- a good overview posted on SchoolTube providing a 3-minute video explanation of the Common Core State Standards.

Yenoch Ng's curator insight, February 17, 2014 9:55 PM

This video explains how the Common Core State Standards is necessary for students to be able to compete in today's world. Even though these standards place everyone under one "rule," educators are still able to create their own curriculum for their students. It is reassuring to know that I can still create personalized and creative lessons for my future students, since every student is unique and important.

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ASCD - Educational Leadership: Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via Derrick Senior
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This article gives an in-depth step-by-step process of a teacher using project-based learning in her classroom. Each step of the process is listed, as well as explinations as to why each step is important. This article is a great guide to follow to implementing project-based learning in your classroom, especcially for beginner teachers or teachers just learning about this concept.

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Robin Kinney's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:03 PM

I really like how this article gave an example of how to transform a busy-work "project" into a project based learning experience, rather than simply defining PBL or giving an example of a ready-to-go PBL project.  Having read this article and seen what changes were made, and why, I feel more prepared to adapt other lessons into the PBL format.

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Common Core State Standards for Math

See an introduction to the new Common Core state standards including background on the design process, key features, and major differences.
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Great real-life example of how to incorporate project-based learning in the classroom! This video consists of middle/high school students, but it can be a base for incorporating into elementary school classrooms too. 

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29 Clever Organization Hacks For Elementary School Teachers

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Combat the chaos of the classroom with these inspiring organization tips.
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This blog post have many creative, innovative, and cheap ways to organize the classroom. It emphasizes using unique and inexpensive objects while utilizing only necessary space in order to keep the classroom organized and clutter-free. As a current student, I know I learn best in places that are organized and well-kept. If your classroom is messy and unorganized, students will most likely be unable to find the materials they need or be able to focus on their work. This blog supports project-based learning because it gives children a positive environment where they can learn and expand their knowledge, while also providing them with the materials they need in a way that helps, not hurts, their learning. This blog also supports Whole Child Learning because the classroom organization provides a supportive environment for children to continue their learning, while also creating an engaging space that students can take advantage of.

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the craft rookie: Really cool idea ALERT!

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The "How to Start Class" folder is a great routine to have in the classroom, especially for students who may struggle getting into routines or completing tasks. The folder has velcro on each side, and as students complete tasks they move the square listing the completed task from the left column to the right "done" column. Teachers can use this to make sure each child stays on task throughout the day, and students can use this to keep track of what they need to do in the classroom. This folder helps support Whole Child Learning because each child stays actively engaged in the classroom and in learning. Each student is also supported in the classroom because they are never left feeling lost or not knowing what tasks they need to do. 

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▶ A Positive Classroom Climate - Kelsey Cole - YouTube

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This video encompasses all of the same ideas and suggestions of the previous articles and blogs about how to create a positive classroom environment. The video gives tips for teachers to remember, such as make the room feel comfortable and set distinct rules for the classroom, as well as provides helpful pictures for these examples. I like this video because it is a great recap of many important characteristics of a positive classroom climate in a distinct and easy format that is also fun to watch. Teachers can quickly look at this video whenever they are assessing themselves and their classrooms to see if their classrooms match up with the classrooms in this video

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

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This blog was a great help in answering my own questions of how to incorporate alternative seating into the classroom. When looking at previous examples, I was very confused as to how to incorporate some of the furniture into a classroom setting. The pictures in this blog were really helpful to me, particularly in how she set up the classroom. Not only does she still have the typical student desks in the back, but she now also gives students a variety of other options to choose from such as low tables with pillows, beanbag chairs, and saucer chairs. I have never seen these types of objects in a classroom setting before, however I also think it makes perfect sense for students to want to be comfortable when completing work. If a student, for example, feels more comfortable completing their work on a stability ball, and is able to do so effectively, then bringing in these alternative seatings are definitely a helpful tool The examples in this blog are also very practical and seem easy to reproduce in most classrooms. In my own classroom, I would also like to use alternative seating if it causes my students to be more successful. 

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Create a successful classroom climate.

Create a successful classroom climate. | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it
Creating a positive classroom climate and a supportive environment will help your students become successful learners.
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This is a very motivating article to illustrate to teachers how to create the most successful classroom climate. By creating a positive and warm environment, along with having high expectations, students will have a very supportive and successful education. Teachers with high expectations are not necessarily tough, but rather help students put pride into their work. This is exactly the type of teacher I want to be in my classroom - someone who is warm and inviting but will also encourage  students to do their best and will create a supportive and rigorous academic climate. I definitely plant to continue to look back at this article in the future to remind myself of the traits that I want to bring into the classroom.

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Bowie Elementary's Professional Learning Community - YouTube

Faculty and staff at Bowie Elementary speak about their Professional Learning Communities.
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A video showing an elementary school's use of a Professional Learning Community. It is fascinating to watch real teachers apply the techniques we are discussing in class! The teachers meet multiple times per week to plan and discuss their instruction plans and share tips for each other.

  
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Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples

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Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples
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One subject I personally find it more difficult to discover project-based learning tasks for is math. This article provides a few different examples of projects you could incorporate into your math curriculum!

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Nicole Liebler's curator insight, February 19, 2014 12:37 AM

Because math is one of my two subject concentrations for my major, I found this article helpful and thought-provoking for how I can make meaning when teaching this subject. While reading this, it made me think back to when a few of my previous teachers incorporated real-life experiences into the content we were learning. I remember feeling more excited to go to these specific classes because I felt like I actually had a purpose for learning that material. I think this article does a great job of encouraging PBL in the given examples because students can use technology, present their work, and combat issues that matter to them. In particular, I think I would definitely implement projects similar to the "selling" a type  of math and designing ones (described here)  in my future classroom.

Kaitlin Roach's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:45 PM

Different ways to incorporate PBL with geometry. Fun real life examples that can make math meaningful. 

Imon's comment, February 20, 2014 11:09 PM
I am an elementary education major with a specialization in math. So this article was especially interesting to me. Also when I was younger geometry was the hardest for me to understand. I can remember countless nights staying up studying with my father trying to not only memorize formulas but understand the meaning behind them. This article was helpful and gave me ideas for activities that I would use in my classroom. When I was in grade school I don't remember doing a lot of the activities that are now offered through project based learning. And these activities even helped me have a better understanding of concepts. I think that it is good that these activities are offered now. I think this will help improve the efficiency of learning for students.
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9 New Skills You Need To be a 21st Century Educator | Online Universities

9 New Skills You Need To be a 21st Century Educator | Online Universities | EDCI397: PBL and Classroom Climate | Scoop.it

Some of these skills, of course, are holdovers from the 20th century which have grown more refined or essential as the calendar clicked. But education professionals still tout them as desirable — if not outright necessary — components of contemporary classrooms. Probably more so than any other era of academic history. So they’re "new" when it comes to importance, if not concept.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Coffeechug
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A great blog post describing different skills that are important to be an effective teacher in this day in age. Gives a lot of great tools and advice for teachers to stay connected and use new tools they made not have used in the classroom before.

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ISTE 2012: Flattening Classroom Walls with Blogging and Global Collaboration

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This is a guest post by educational bloggers, Linda Yollis (Los Angeles, USA) and Kathleen Morris (Geelong, Australia).
The long-time blogging buddies met face to face for the first time before the ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego.

Via Deborah Wrobel, Tatia Davis
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Very interesting article on two blogging teachers from across the globe that connected and now interact with their classrooms on many collaboritve projects throughout the schoolyear. This is a great example of what can happen when you reach out into you personal learning network

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

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications. S...
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This video gives many different examples of the type of projects classrooms can use for project-based learning. The video stresses the importance of trying to do projects that investigates the interests of the students in the classroom. 

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