Student Engagement Through Classroom Transformations
Fire Up (Spring 2019)
Are you looking to provide an engaging learning environment that will get students excited and wanting to learn more? Classroom transformations not only change the physical environment, but they encourage student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and confidence with the content pushing a learning theme forward. It will be a GLOWING good time!
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Questions from Student Teachers
These were some questions that came from one of the stations in our mini-transformation that we answered together, but I thought I would share them here as well to help spark any thoughts if you are thinking of using a classroom transformation.
- How would you incorporate these types of ideas into different content areas?
- How do I group students effectively to participate in these activities?
- Do you pick a theme for the year and modify per unit or redo completely for every unit?
- How practical would transformations like this be in grades 6-12?
- What is a transformation I can implement tomorrow?
- How will this work for students with trauma or EI who are easily triggered by change?
- How to do them affordably? Management during these times?
- How can we find ways to purchase or acquire supplies for cheap/free? Is it cost effective?
- When should you set up a room transformation - all day? Before/after recess?
- What type of collaborative activities would work well with a transformation?
- Why transform?
- What challenges do transformations have? Can you set this up for different subjects? Review?
- Tips for engaging students who need enrichment?
- How effective is the transformation in the classroom?
- How often do you suggest a teacher switches up the classroom?
- How much classroom transformation is too much?
- Seating - where is the best place for students to be engaged, but not too distracting?
- Where can I get a grant to add tech to my classroom decor and engagement?
- How do you make things more interesting?
- How do you make it not so distracting and keep students on tasks?
- Can you transform the room based on multiple subject areas or should you just stick to one at a time?
- How do you assess students' learning (assessment used in classroom transformation)?
- How does this work with students with sensory issues, epilepsy, hard of seeing, misbehaving, etc.?