Spring break may sound like an odd time to redecorate your classroom, but it is actually a great time. The prices are lower because of the discounts on last fall’s furniture and students can give their feedback after they come back to class. In a sense, you get a test run on your decorating decisions before next year. The question is how to decorate and what to consider when doing so. Here are some tips.
Schools around the country are embracing collaborative learning in the classroom. Schools located in Naperville, Illinois, and Ann Arbor, Michigan are embracing 21st century education by creating a learning environment that encourages collaboration.
Hundreds of elementary schools across the country are moving away from the lecture-style desk layout of ordered rows to grouped seating. Collaborative desks are used to form pods, which allow groups of up to eight students the ability to gather together and work as a team.
In order to be a good teacher, one needs to consider the best interests of one’s students before everything else. Teachers want nothing but success for their students and they strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment that will foster growth and learning. All you need to see is the look of pride on a teacher’s face when presented with a students success and you will know how much they really care.
An ancient Chinese saying tells us that a “brilliant teacher means a brilliant student”. The Chinese have always invested in the education of their children and would do whatever they could to ensure the child’s success in the learning environment. This is where the ancient practice of Feng Shui would come into play.
These are some of the ways that the teachers created spaces that were most conducive with learning.
School desks have been around since the founding of public education. Materials and designs have changed over the years and many school desks have become more mobile to accommodate collaborative curriculum’s. But now the U.S finds itself with an alarming number or overweight or obese school children that are having trouble fitting into existing school desks.
It’s logic. When you biggie size your fries, the ripple effect is that we biggie size everything that is manufactured to fit our bodies. School furniture is not the only industry ramping up their mold sizes; clothes, car seats and play equipment are all getting up-sized. While we are taking note of this unhealthy trend and putting exercise and nutrition programs to work, we still must accommodate our overweight students in the interim. Continue reading