Classroom Design/Layout/Summary - Classroom Design and Learning Reflection

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create and design your own classroom using an online classroom design tool

In 500-750 words, identify effective engagement and motivation strategies that promote student learning and describe how you will incorporate group learning techniques into your future teaching practices. Describe how these techniques will help students understand the classroom expectations and procedures and how to work productively.

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Week 2 assignment Part 1 and Part 2 Due Date: May 16, 2018 23:59:59 Max Points: 70 Details: Students learn in a variety of settings and environments. Group learning creates an environment of engagement and motivation. It gives students a chance to learn from each other in a cooperative learning setting. Part 1: Classroom Design For this assignment, you will create and design your own classroom using an online classroom design tool. Your design should focus on group and cooperative learning in the classroom environment and include: • • • The layout of the classroom. Where the desks/tables will be placed to facilitate group learning. Where the technology will be located so students with diverse needs have equitable access. Part 2: Group Learning Reflection In 500-750 words, identify effective engagement and motivation strategies that promote student learning and describe how you will incorporate group learning techniques into your future teaching practices. Describe how these techniques will help students understand the classroom expectations and procedures and how to work productively. In your reflection, address: • • • • • • Grade level, content area, and rationale as to why your classroom design is conducive to group learning. Description of the classroom setting and focus of the room. Description of the strategies to foster organization. How group learning activities help students work productively and promote students’ growth and development. How to communicate effectively with students with diverse needs, including language barriers and cultural differences. How you will use these engagement strategies in your future professional practice. Support your findings with a minimum of three scholarly resources. Submit the classroom layout and reflection as one deliverable. Group Learning Environments 5 Target 100.00% 100.0 %Content 10.0 %Classroom Design 25.0 %Group Learning Reflection 25.0 %Classroom Design Rationale and Description 10.0 %Classroom Design Learning Activities 15.0 %Research Citations 15.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, Classroom design includes a layout of the classroom, including an in-depth explanation of where the desks will be placed to provide opportunities for group learning and where the technology will be located so students will have equitable access. Reflection includes a compelling description as to how group learning techniques will be incorporated into the future classroom and how these techniques will help students understand the classroom expectations, procedures, and how to work productively. Reflection includes the grade level and a thought-provoking rationale as to the classroom design is conducive to group learning, including a compelling description of the classroom setting and focus on the strategies that can be implemented to foster organization. Reflection clearly and comprehensively includes how group learning activities help students work productively and promote students' growth and development. Reflection compellingly includes how to communicate effectively with students of diverse needs, including language barriers and cultural differences, and how group strategies will be used in future professional practice. All sources are credible, appropriate, and strongly support the submission. All required aspects of APA format are correct within the submission. Submission is virtually free of mechanical errors. Word choice reflects well-developed use of practice and content-related language. Sentence structures are varied and engaging. punctuation, grammar, language use) Running head: EFFECTIVE GROUP 1 Effective Group Learning Environments Susan Clark Grand Canyon University ELM5-510 November 26, 2017 Effective Group 2 Creating an effective classroom environment is necessary to create academic success for the students within the learning environment. “Your room arrangement communicates to students how you expect them to participate in your class, and your philosophy of teaching and learning will influence how you arrange your classroom.” (Everston & Emmer, p 12, 2013). There are different things to consider when creating a learning environment including the number of students that are going to be learning within the environment, the type of learning that is going to take place, the resources that are going to be available to the students within the environment, making the environment warm by decorating the walls and having things hanging from the ceiling to reduce dead space, and creating an environment that will allow the teacher to see all of the students from any place in the classroom. Classroom Design Effective Group 3 Group Learning Reflection Classroom Design This classroom design is for first grade students. The desks are set up to support individual and group learning.” Desks arranged in groups imply that interaction and collaboration among students are expected for at least some activities. Desks in rows indicate that the focus of the classroom is the teacher, the board, or some other central point.” (Everston & Emmer, p 12, 2013). The desks face the smart board allowing the teacher to stand by the board and teach the class lessons. The closet next to the smart board will house classroom supplies that need to be available for the lesson being taught, classroom supplies that don’t need to be out at the current time, and files and papers that need to be locked up. The shelves next to the desk will have manipulative resources, books, art supplies, a pencil sharpener, and other resources for the students to use throughout the day. “Keeping materials accessible not only minimizes time spent getting ready and cleaning up, but also helps to avoid distracting slowdowns and breaks in the lesson flow.” (Everston & Emmer, p 13, 2013). The kidney table and chairs behind the desks will be used during small group activity. This is a table that the teacher can sit at with students who need more help and/or direction individually or in a small group. This is an appropriate table for the teacher to use during meetings with parents or other collogues. The square rug in the back right corner with the chairs and book stand can be used for instruction, quite time, and centers. The book stand will house books for the students to read throughout the day. Next to the rug is the teacher’s desk. There are also shelves and filing cabinets behind the desk that will allow for the teacher to store learning materials, papers, classroom resources, and the teacher’s personal decorations and supplies. Next to the teacher’s desk is the computer station. The computer station is close to the teacher allowing the teacher to be able to monitor computer usage and help Effective Group 4 the students on the computer when needed. In the front right corner of the classroom there is another shelf and round table with chairs. This can be used for small group learning, centers, one-on-one student to teacher tutoring, and/or free time. This classroom will also have different posters and bulletin board displays on the walls. The posters will include a calendar and weather area, the alphabet, numbers, student birthdays, classroom rules, posters corresponding to the lessons being taught at the time, and emergency procedures. The bulletin boards will correspond to the season and have something to do with the student’s artwork and/or the students names on display. One bulletin board will be dedicated to student of the week. Allowing the student to decorate the board with whatever they would like for the week. The ceiling will house hanging seasonal classroom decorations and/or students work. “Hanging up student work in the room is also another way to build a strong community in your classroom.” (Abepiusc, 2017). Classroom Setting and Focus This classroom’s goal is to provide a warm, safe, and welcoming environment for the students to learn, play, and feel safe in. The classroom will act as a community for the students during the school year. “Students' involvement in the process of creating their environment can empower them, develop community and increase motivation.” (Phillips, 2014). The students will be comfortable within this classroom and be able to make mistakes without feeling embarrassed. Diversity will be expressed in the classroom in different ways. Allowing the students to know they are all different and that it is not a bad thing. “When a student feels comfortable in the classroom, they will be more likely to take the risks that are necessary for language learning, and they won’t feel bad about themselves when they make mistakes.” (Abepiusc, 2017). Student’s will want to be in this classroom because it is a fun place to learn and enjoy all aspects of school. Effective Group 5 Classroom Organization “Organizing the furniture, equipment, materials, and supplies in the classroom is a necessary beginning task for teaching.” (Everston & Emmer, p 23, 2013). Classroom organization is also necessary for students to be able to function and achieve academic success. This classroom is organized in a way that the teacher can see the whole classroom from their desk, work with the students if needed in different locations in the room, provide instructional learning in two different places in the room, allow the students to work on an individual and group level, and allow the students to use the resources available to them in the room. The hightraffic areas within this classroom are free of congestion. Group Learning Activities Group learning has become more prominent in the educational environment. Group learning helps students work together by using vocabulary on their level to help everyone within the group understand the topic. Each student in the group will bring something different to the group. The low level performers will learn from their peers examples or explanations. The middle to high level performers will better their understanding by explaining the topic to the other members of the group. “Small groups have greater potential for participation, feedback, and mutual construction of meaning among students. The group format encourages students to become active participants rather than passive recipients of information.” (Everston & Emmer, p 127, 2013). Effective Communication Effective communication includes both talking and listening. As a teacher we have to be able to talk and listen effectively to our students, the student’s parents, and other members on the educational team. When dealing with students who have diverse needs, including language Effective Group 6 barriers and cultural differences it is important to watch the student’s non-verbal communication and facial expressions to fully be able to understand what they are trying to convey to you. These students may need additional resources to help them communicate and fully understand what is being said to them. The resources will vary depending on the student’s age and academic level. The resources could be as simple as communication cards with pictures on them that the student can show or point to, to convey what they are trying to say, or can be as complex as a computer that they student inputs what they want to convey and the computer says what was input into it. There is always going to be diversity among the students within the group you are trying to teach. It is important to accept everyone for who they are and the differences they bring to the class as a whole. Future Practice I will use all of this research in my future practices in many ways. I have learned all about the classroom environment and the best way to place things within the environment depending on the type of learning I want to take place. I have also learned the importance of allowing the students to help in creating the environment. I will allow my students to help me decorate the classroom and have a place for them to display pictures, drawings, or class work that they are proud of. I will also have a diverse environment for the students to learn in. This allows the students to know that even though they are all different they are all accepted for who they are. I will decorate my classroom to make it feel warm and welcoming. I also want to have a place within my classroom to have bean bag chairs and or a small couch with a rug for the students to use during centers or quiet time. I have learned many new things through the research I have conducted that will be very useful in my future classroom. Effective Group 7 “Classroom physical environment affects morale and student learning.” (Phillips, 2014). It is important to have a classroom environment that is warm, welcoming, safe, comfortable, and resourceful to allow for the greatest amount of academic successfulness within the students in the environment. It is also important to have this type of environment because students will spend six to seven hours within the classroom five days a week. If the classroom is cold and unwelcoming, students will not feel comfortable making it hard to complete the learning process. Effective Group 8 References Abepiusc. (2017). R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How to Build an Effective Classroom Environment in a Multilingual Classroom. Retrieved from http://busyteacher.org/10391-how-to-buildeffective-classroom-environment.html Evertson, C. M., & Emmer, E. T. (2013). Classroom management for elementary teachers (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson. Phillips, M. (2014). Student Engagement - A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-physical-environment-ofclassrooms-mark-phillips ...
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Running Head: Group Learning Environment

Group Learning Environment
Student’s name:
ELM 510
Mary Biel
May 16, 2018

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Group Learning Environment

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Group Learning Environment

The classroom environment is an essential aspect of effective learning. Group learning
facilitates engagement and motivation and gives students an opportunity to learn from one
another in a cooperative learning setting (Evertson & Emmer, 2013). This paper presents a layout
design for the classroom which supports both general and group learning. The second part
reflects on strategies to promote engagement and motivation. Additionally, presents ways a
teacher can incorporate group learning techniques into their classroom and ways it will assist
learners to understand the classroom expectations, procedures and working productively.
Part 1: Classroom Design

Group Learning Environment

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Part 2: Group Learning Reflection
Grade level, content area, and rationale for the design
The classroom design is for seventh-grade students with a focus on Language Arts lesson.
The design is suitable for the grade, lesson and supporting group learning. Seventh-grade
learners are at the adolescent stage and begin to form social relationships. The desks are arranged
in rows to support both individual and group learning. The desks are for one person and arranged
in fours. The learner can choose to read a...

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