We have talked about 21st century learners, teachers and different standards in the past two class periods. How do you feel? Do you think teaching is a big challenge? What is the most challenging part to you? To know your learners? To adopt TPACK model in your class? To choose appropriate tools? Or to meet the standards? Can any of you share one thing that you think of as the biggest challenge to you right now?
Infographic by- Shanghai Web Designers
However, I also think teaching can be an art. Imagine that you are playing with the play-doh. Teaching can be like that. You can make it more effective and pleasant, right? Learning environment is one thing that teachers can play with and thus maybe motivate and engage your learners more. Before we talk about how to create your ideal learning environment, think about the role of technology in our life again. Does technology change your room setting? Let’s take a look at this interactive Home Technology Environment.
Does this give you some idea about what you can add in your learning environment? If not, let’s take another look at the classrooms pinned by Ms. Thomas in her Pinterest.
Let’s create our own now.
The tool we are using is called Floorplanner (you are welcome to use another tool if you have one available) to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like. Once you’ve created an account, complete the 12-step tutorial to help you learn more about how to use the tool. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floorplan. After creating your ideal learning environment, create a screen shot of the image and insert it into your portfolio.
After creating your classroom layout, use these directions (or scan the QR code below) to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and we will insert the image onto your “Learning Environment” webpage later.
Once you finish designing your dream classroom and taking a screenshot, you need to go back to your e-portfolio and create a new page and name it “Creating a Learning Environment”.
On your “Creating a Learning Environment” page, you should:
- insert the image of your learning environment
- describes why you chose the design
- identify highlights of the room
- explain how the design reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
- give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom.
- describe your students and yourself (their teacher).
The page should be 3-4 paragraphs in length. For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.
- Relax and catch up with what you have missed in this classroom.
- Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website. We will talk about this next week.
MUST (By Wednesday, Jan. 30)
- Keep working on your learning environment. Remember that you need to create a new page in your e-portfolio which includes a description responding to the questions listed above in 3-4 paragraphs and an image of your learning environment.
- Make sure that you have completed all four reflections. If not, check the project page in this course blog.