Having taken a webinar by Erin Klein on "Brain Friendly Classrooms" this summer I have decided to redo the theme of our classroom. I hope students enjoy the tranquil home like atmosphere. I am sure they will be more comfortable choosing their own seat daily either at a table, our reading nook, or a cozy comfy seat.
Classroom Crib Challenge Teacher: Jacqueline Durant-Harthorne
Bio: I am a second grade teacher with a masters degree in Special Education and a certification for general education k-8 I have an undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy which often enhances my education degree within the classroom. I have taught in public education for 15 years. Classroom Crib: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GZZrODK5Qo&feature=youtu.be About the Design: Children’s learning is becoming increasingly challenging and complex. The demands on teachers is ever increasing and at times overwhelming. I am always looking for ways reach my students. Recently, I was fortunate enough to have a friend forward me Erin Klien’s Webinar, Setting Up a Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Classroom. After completing the webinar, I could hardly wait to start our new design journey. At first I thought I would change the furniture and then keep the brightly colored bulletin boards, book boxes and boarders. As I made changes, however, I realized that the calming Feng Shui feel was so inviting that it begged for more change. Ten hours later and $75.00 poorer I was finished and ready for my student’s review and possible ideas for changes. Will our new space change our teaching and learning? I believe it will impact our moods and interactions. This new design lends itself to my teaching of Daily 5 Reading and Math. Our room allows for student choice in where they sit and work comfortably throughout their day. Strategic placement of supplies allows for movement for children who need frequent breaks to sustain focus. Keeping posters minimal, posting only those we are using, helps to keep the walls less visually over-stimulating. Overall feel of the room is warm and inviting, a space that’s enjoyable to spend 6 hours a day. Teachers feedback has further supported these design changes. Most importantly my students were responsible, excited, and felt respected while in our classroom. Class/Personal Website: http://msjdh.edublogs.org/ On Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jacquelinedh3/