I never thought I would put the word “dat” and “pedagogical” in the same title– blogging is the best.
I want to talk a little bit about my 21st century classroom. I (with a ton of help of Michelle Morley) submitted a proposal to create an innovative, sustainable, and responsive learning environment for high school students. The physical environment I designed was not specific to my teaching habits, but rather to what improves student learning. Math teacher? ELA teacher? Elementary teacher? You would be able to walk into my classroom and utilize the technology and environment to suite whatever subject you teach.
I wanted the space to be dynamic + collaborative = enter technology. Technology allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in multiple ways and collaborate. Technology allows me to take a step back from teaching and learn alongside my students, providing them with support and guidance when necessary.
— Dean Shareski (@shareski) January 22, 2016
My classroom has six whiteboards which encourages flexible grouping. Students also have the opportunity to become the teacher and share what knowledge their group has discussed. Chromecast allows students to wirelessly connect their Chromebooks to TVs so everyone can see collaborate Google docs, presentations, or videos that are being viewed. It also allows me to see the progress students make quickly and efficiently.
I’m still a new teacher and won’t pretend like I constantly have assignments that are innovative and CHANGE THE LIVES OF MY STUDENTS FOREVER. Some of my lessons don’t work the way I want them to, but it’s all part of a learning process. I have experienced some amazing learning taking place inside and outside my classroom (pictures in below tweet).
— Darran Teneycke (@dteneycke1) January 6, 2016
The beauty of having such a collaborative environment is that I can continuously innovate and adapt assignments to fit (and change) this responsive space. I have no doubt that feedback I receive from students, whether it be gauging their level of engagement or the Google Forms where I straight up ask for feedback/ideas to improve, will keep evolving my practice and foster active participation.
Special thanks to Michelle Morley, Alec Couros, and Katia Hildebrant for helping me design this space. Also need to give a major shout out to Brandon Needham and Darren Wandy for believing in my crazy ideas and making this entire thing possible with your support!!
– Koskie Out!
**If anyone has ideas to help utilize what is available in my classroom, please comment below! :)