Peaceful Communities Create Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in the Classroom

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Responsive Classroom Spaces

With the past year fresh in my mind, now is a good time to reflect on what makes any classroom a great space for learning, how well my classroom worked this year, and what I’m trying next year. Here’s what I’ve come up with! Ditching desks, decluttering work spaces, walls and bookshelves, drawers with community supplies, family style tables to work at, living room spaces to snuggle into learning.
 
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If you’d like to read more about Responsive Classroom practices this is a great article that just came through my email this morning! http://bit.ly/1YwkBL2

Project-Based Learning: The Easiest Way to Get Started

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As mentioned in a previous post, one element of effective professional development is taking into consideration who is on the receiving end of it (in regards to their experiences, beliefs, attitudes, current practices, etc.). On a recent webcast I listened to Daniel Pink claim how the project-based learning label is constantly overused and misused by educators, and this is a statement with which I can easily agree. As a result, when presenting project-based learning professional development it could be advantageous to not just discuss best practice, but to take educators from where they might be (projects) to where we think they should land (project-based learning).

We will compare and contrast the two columns on the chart, one step at a time, while also discussing how the transition could be made from projects to project-based learning in a way that is transparent and simplified.

1. Projects: By providing students with…

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