Sunday, March 1, 2015

Designing the Most Engaging Learning Environment

When I reflect back on my elementary, middle, and high school classrooms I see rows of desks, a teacher desk, and chalkboards. Fast forward to 2015. If you were to ask an average adult walking down the street to describe what a classroom looks like, he/she may respond with a similar description to mine. However...... what is the most conducive learning environment for students? Is it sitting in hard chairs and desks in rows for hours and hours on end? Is that a mirror environment to many of our leading industries today? I would have to argue that it is not. We were lucky this year to get several classrooms outfitted with furniture that lends itself to movement and continual redesign. Our integration of Apple TV's allows for the instructor in the room to be mobile and not just located at the front of the room. We want our students to be involved in problem solving through group work, critical analysis, and trial and error. We need to design the learning environments to match that. Take a look at your classroom on Monday morning and see what small tweaks you may make that could make a positive impact on your students' learning.

Here is a link to a great article that discusses the different set ups in classrooms and what they mean for the learners.  The article focuses on the old classroom setup as one of "transmission" and the new collaborative minded integrated setups as one of "interaction."  Moving from "single purpose" to "multi purpose."

Here are a few pics of our very own FHS classrooms that have moved towards setups that are geared towards "interaction" and "multi purpose."

Our ONE goal: To graduate every Fairfield High Student and to ensure that they leave FHS college and career ready!!! Inspire, Engage, Excite, Lead, Foster, Create, Empower!!

Many more great things are in store for Fairfield High!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence! 


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