Learning RedesignED

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“As teaching and learning transforms, spaces must transform. Learning must be “redesignED” to motivate learners and foster collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Let’s discover ways to redesign space, technology, and pedagogy to promote success in our schools.”- Learning RedesignED

I chose this podcast because I think the way you design the space in your classroom has a HUGE impact on the learning. I was very interested to hear their ideas and what they see is the best way to design classroom space for 12st century learning.

The hosts Jen and Amy explained several changes they or teachers they know have made to their classrooms to promote 21st century learning. Some of the changes they made I thought, “ooh I can totally see that!”, and others I thought they were insane! For example, Jen explained having 24 therapy balls in her classroom and explaining how she may not have been entirely comfortable, but it was how the kids could learn best. The balls were originally bought for her special needs students but she realized why not give all of the kids that opportunity. I can only think of the problem 24 balls rolling around the classroom would cause! Then Amy explained how ottomans changed the entire mood of her library. As 0pposed to reading at the wooden table,  kids were running to read with their belly on the ottoman, feet up, etc. Instead of kids fidgeting they were excited to read. Not many people read sitting at a wooden table at home. Why not create an atmosphere at school where students are comfortable and can do their best learning? The idea that I think would be easiest and most universally acceptable would be moving to tables from desks. Tables are very common in Kindergarten and First grade and promote a collaborative learning atmosphere. I understand the challenges this might present for tests, but for day to day learning I think this creates an ideal atmosphere.

It has been proven that movement helps kids learn. Open spaces make people happy and more creative. The changes they were discussing making to the spaces remind me of how Kindergarten classes are set up. In kindergarten we spend so much time making the space comfortable with different centers etc. to promote learning.I don’t think our students are growing out of their need to move around and feel free, but our schools are treating them that way. We also know that students don’t all learn in the same way, as we make changes to our curriculum to reach different learners (i.e. UDL) I think changing the atmosphere can also help.This podcast excited me for the future. It says a lot about how we as educators are changing our views on what makes a positive learning atmosphere.

Honestly, I am not entirely sold on using podcasts for my professional learning in the future. Having to watch an entire podcast and the silly banter between the hosts seemed unnecessary just to get to the main point. If I didn’t exactly understand what they were talking about I couldn’t easily just re-read what they had said or just skim to the important stuff. My opinion pretty much goes along with why I chose twitter- I prefer quick information. Podcasts seem dragged out and like listening to a conversation I can’t take part in. Maybe I need hosts I can relate more with, but for now I would say I’m not into podcasts. I would prefer the written transcript.

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One thought on “Learning RedesignED

  1. I really enjoyed your comments on the podcast you chose. I enjoyed it so much, you’ll never guess what I just did…I went and grabbed my yoga ball and am now sitting on it at the computer. You’re right, it definitely changes the mood and also comfort level for learning! It would be scary to give it a try at a school with many children, but from the picture above, it looks like those students are behaving and using them properly. Just takes one person to try something new, I guess. And I can certainly see how the yoga balls would make learning more fun and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing!

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