Group activity

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito commented on the blog The Learning Environment
      Roberto, Clearly, you have really thought through the physical layout of the Learning Environment in your classroom. Like Miranda, I like the visual you shared with us. You have also introduced some ideas that no one else has (up until...
      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion 2-3
        Steven, You have done a really good job with this assignment. In each of the three sections, you have been thoughtful. You have also raised some critically important insights, which I very much appreciate. For example, you said: Once the...
        • Gerald Ardito
          Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion 2/3
          Abria, I really enjoyed reading your post for this assignment. You have really done a good job identifying some critical important issues within each question. Physical Layout You said: Not only do I want my classroom learning...
          • Roberto Molina
            Roberto Molina published a blog post How Middle Schoolers Learn
            Instead of crunching ELA and MATH numbers at professional developments, teachers should be given the time to differentiate the "boxed set" curriculums they receive in a way that would make it memorable and meaningful to their particular groups of...
            • Abria Doctor
              Abria Doctor published a blog post Excursion 2/3
              a. Physical space. What does the physical space of your learning environment look like? Where does the teacher work? Where do the students work? In my future classroom, I plan to create a learning environment in which students feel supported by...
                • Gerald Ardito
                  Gerald Ardito

                  Abria,

                  I really enjoyed reading your post for this assignment. You have really done a good job identifying some critical important issues within each question.

                  Physical Layout

                  You said:

                  Not only do I want my classroom learning environment to make students feel supported, additionally, I want it to have a calm tone. Having a calm tone in the classroom is important because it allows students to feel comfortable and safe. 

                  You have definitely correctly identified the real effect of the creation and maintenance of a learning environment -- namely, providing a setting in which students can thrive.

                  Student Autonomy

                  You said: 

                  To further support student autonomy, I will provide support in student social/emotional regulation.

                  You have made an important connection between student autonomy and the development of social/emotional regulation. There is definitely a network effect between and across these things. For example, how can student self-regulation contribute to an autonomous learning environment and vice  versa?

                  Cooperative Learning

                  You said:

                  When in these groups, students are encouraged to use their critical thinking skills together to build their problem-solving skills. Students will also be assigned a peer-tutor.

                  This is a really important and effective practice that most folks have not yet mentioned in this course. Peer mentoring can be used both to support individual students as well as (re)shape the learning environment from being more teacher centered to becoming more student centered.

                  I invite you to update this post as you complete the relevant readings. Doing so will make your arguments stronger.

                   

                   

                • Gerald Ardito
                  Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion 2 and 3
                  Anna, You have clearly sparked some real engagement here. Thanks to Miranda and Hannah for their comments. I think that you have done a really good job addressing these questions. You have clearly been thoughtful in your responses, and more...
                  • Steven Demartis
                    Steven Demartis commented on the blog Excursion 4
                    Emma, it is unfortunate that your cooperating mentor teacher does not put in the effort required to provide a substantial, appropriate, and standards based lesson which are designed to promote the learning growth of every student present within the...
                    • Marissa Burke
                      Marissa Burke commented on the blog Excursion 1
                      Thank you for pointing this out! I am also realizing that the word comfortable was not the best to use. I think I meant a safe supportive learning environment. An environment in which students can thrive based on their needs. 
                      • Hannah Treuer
                        Hannah Treuer commented on the blog Excursion 2 and 3
                        Hi Anna, I really agree with and like your ideas about seating. Not only flexible seating but putting students in desk huddles of four or five people. I have my students in pairs right now but always love the collaborative learning them resemble...
                        • Miranda Barbara
                          Miranda Barbara commented on the blog Excursion 2 and 3
                          Hello Anna! I love your idea for flexible seating! In my post I mentioned students having rolling desks and a few whiteboard tables, but I like that you would also have some other options for students to feel more comfortable. It really is all...
                          • Miranda Barbara
                            Miranda Barbara commented on the blog The Learning Environment
                            Hey Roberto!  I saw a lot of similarities with my learning environment and yours! I also wanted my students to sit in a horseshoe/semicircle around the Smartboard and I emphasized that I wanted students to work with a variety of partners as...
                            • Anna Skirianos
                              Anna Skirianos published a blog post Excursion 2 and 3
                              a. Physical space. What does the physical space of your learning environment look like? Where does the teacher work? Where do the students work? When I have my own classroom I want it to be a welcoming place for students. I imagine the physical...
                                • Miranda Barbara
                                  Miranda Barbara

                                  Hello Anna!

                                  I love your idea for flexible seating! In my post I mentioned students having rolling desks and a few whiteboard tables, but I like that you would also have some other options for students to feel more comfortable. It really is all about students feeling welcome and accommodated for in your classroom. I'm sure it would take a little while to lay down the rules for the flexible seating, but they will get the hang of it. In my post I also said that I would give students options within a project or activity! I don't think I would even trust my high school students to be too independent, but of course younger students do need a lot more structure. I also like that you have a balance of independent work with group and partner work; this is something I hope to have in my classroom too. Great post!

                                  • Hannah Treuer
                                    Hannah Treuer

                                    Hi Anna,

                                    I really agree with and like your ideas about seating. Not only flexible seating but putting students in desk huddles of four or five people. I have my students in pairs right now but always love the collaborative learning them resemble when I ask them to get into groups of four. I find that it is a much easier way to support different levels of learning like you mention. Also, what you mention about student autonomy is very interesting. Do you think elementary students should have less or more control than adolescent students in the classroom? I tend to go back and forth with this idea because I think there are many pros and cons to having students have complete control because some will feel free to learn how they want but I think it would make others feel overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing! 

                                    • Gerald Ardito
                                      Gerald Ardito

                                      Anna,

                                      You have clearly sparked some real engagement here. Thanks to Miranda and Hannah for their comments.

                                      I think that you have done a really good job addressing these questions. You have clearly been thoughtful in your responses, and more importantly, in the design of your learning environment.

                                      I was intrigued by this:

                                      I believe that having a balance of student autonomy in the classroom is necessary. I do not think that elementary students should have 100% control over their learning because there is a curriculum that needs to be met and they may not make the best choices for their learning because they are so young.

                                      You have raised an excellent point about an external factor (the pacing of curriculum) and its impact on the degrees of freedom within a classroom (for good or bad, I guess).

                                      You have also raised the idea of autonomy as a function of development or maturation. So, here's my question: what would you do about students who have differing amounts of maturation or self-regulation? Is there anything that could be done to assess student independence and then (re)construct the learning environment to meet their individual needs and capacities? Also, what do you make of Montessori or Steiner inspired classrooms that assume and foster student independence, even for very young students?

                                    • Emma Nolan
                                      Emma Nolan published a blog post Excursion 4
                                      a. Start be describing the context of the learning. What School district and school? What subject(s)? What was the goal of this/these lesson(s)? I am working at the Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School in Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla....
                                        • Steven Demartis
                                          Steven Demartis

                                          Emma, it is unfortunate that your cooperating mentor teacher does not put in the effort required to provide a substantial, appropriate, and standards based lesson which are designed to promote the learning growth of every student present within the classroom. However, this acts a great learning experience for you as you can analyze ways in which to improve the lessons you are observing and modify them to be more appropriate for your future students. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear that teachers are working harder to please administrators that cater to students needs (which in retrospect is the purpose of our career). When working with a diverse group of students it is crucial to design lessons which every student is able to participate in, regardless of ability level. 

                                        • Roberto Molina
                                          Roberto Molina published a blog post The Learning Environment
                                          #excursion23 In my classroom, the learning environment is a delicate balance between the order a teacher needs, and the autonomy students need.  It is pleasant, safe, and accessible to all students.  Students are initially seated at...
                                            • Miranda Barbara
                                              Miranda Barbara

                                              Hey Roberto! 

                                              I saw a lot of similarities with my learning environment and yours! I also wanted my students to sit in a horseshoe/semicircle around the Smartboard and I emphasized that I wanted students to work with a variety of partners as well. I do think that students get bored when they work with the same students all the time, and then they don't really get to make a connection with everyone in the classroom. You made a good point that when they are in a horseshoe shape that nobody has their back to the board which I think is important too. I like your idea of incorporating reflections/reflection activities into your lessons that is not something I included in my post. In my post I also said that I would like students to gain feedback from each other as I would also like them to work together a lot. Great post, and I love the visual of the classroom!

                                              • Gerald Ardito
                                                Gerald Ardito

                                                Roberto,

                                                Clearly, you have really thought through the physical layout of the Learning Environment in your classroom. Like Miranda, I like the visual you shared with us.

                                                You have also introduced some ideas that no one else has (up until now):

                                                More importantly however, it takes trust; trust in one another to always be accountable for ourselves and our role in the classroom.  Creating this environment of respect and rapport; this culture of trust takes time and a steadfast adherence to a plan; a plan which will need reconfiguring from time to time. 

                                                You have made an important connection between autonomy, trust, and respect. I would be very interested to know more about the actions and routines you have created to support these being present.

                                                Lastly, please take another look at this assignment. I am not entirely sure that you have addressed everything requested for this assignment. I suggest that you review these requirements and then  revise as you see fit.

                                                 

                                              • Steven Demartis
                                                Steven Demartis published a blog post Excursion 4
                                                    I currently work at Blythedale Children’s Hospital which is a Special Act public school. The school strives to promote the most appropriate learning environment for all the individual students who attend. The school serves...
                                                • Gerald Ardito
                                                  Gerald Ardito published a blog post Responses to Excursion 1
                                                  Here is some feedback about your work for Excursion 1
                                                  • Gerald Ardito
                                                    Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion #1- This We Believe
                                                    Steven, I found your response to the text and to your colleagues' postings to be very interesting. You used a word that I don't remember any of the others mentioning -- guidance. You said: As young adolescents require strict...
                                                    • Gerald Ardito
                                                      Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion 1
                                                      Stephanie, You did a terrific job with your response to the reading and to your colleagues postings from last week. This, in particular, knocked me out: As an educator, I would want to establish an understanding with my students that they...
                                                      • Gerald Ardito
                                                        Gerald Ardito commented on the blog EXCURSION 1
                                                        Roberto, I really appreciated your responses to both the reading and your colleagues questions and concerns. You have made a quite passionate plea for understanding one's students, something with which I completely agree. I invite you to...
                                                        • Gerald Ardito
                                                          Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Excursion 1
                                                          Marissa, I really enjoyed reading your reflection. You are clearly powerfully engaged with the ideas and principles raised in this text. I wanted to respond to something you said, namely: We as teachers need to be prepared in the...
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