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By: sweinberg

In this learning space, students’ grades 1-5 come into our STELLAR (research, technology and literacy) to work for 45 minute and 90 minute class periods. The routines and physical space needs to support students ages 6 through 12! Class sizes range from 20 to 28 both in a single taught and co-taught manner. 1. Design Intent: Students struggle in the classroom and out with problem solving, both academically and socially. The room was designed with the intent to emphasize student independence, problem solving and student centric learning. 2. Hacking Process: Hacking for me has evolved and continues to involve daily. Certain hacks have remained consistent from last school year. Hacks like colored tables and tools. Tables are identified by colored and items like pencils, crayons, headphones and glue are shared with those who sit at the table. It is simple for students to access these independently since they are color-coded. There is also a degree of ownership over the tools since it is their tables items. I have maintained the classroom jobs assignment by number, which rotates monthly. As a cluster class, it is very important to be to incorporate ownership opportunities into the classroom. Hacks like flexible seating options and supports like clipboards, lap desks and floor desks are available to students as needed, by choice. Other hacks have evolved over time. Certain supplies have shifted from table constant to community based. I label with pictures so students can access these independently for a wide variety of readers. I have shifted to a rotating table captain to increase classroom leadership opportunities that I have found have a direct impact on student behavior and ownership of their behavior. Based on students’ needs and concern about spelling, I have shifted to a community word wall. Students can choose to use this tool as they see fit supporting the variety of ages and learners that enter my classroom. I have also shifted to a independent initial sign in for devices. All first and second grade students use SeeSaw and need access to these QR codes to sign into our online learning platform and community. A simple and economic hack that has saved so much time has been shifting to store headphones by table and in Ziploc bags. Gone are the days students asking me to untangling cords and sending multiple students to a narrow door organizer. 3. Learning Impact: The room designs and hacks have fostered independence, problem solving and student-centric learning. These hacks have provided them with strategies and tools to approach academic and social challenges that they might be presented with. My teaching philosophy and pedagogical choices all lead to student-centric and asynchronous learning opportunities and collaborative model through use of tools like SeeSaw, ClassKick, GoogleClassroom and QR codes to easily share. Implementing these things have allowed me to continue to shift learning to incorporate more student voice and choice.

HackClassroomCommon SpaceElementaryLiteracyScienceTechnology12-35 StudentsBlended LearningGroup WorkPersonalized LearningProject Based LearningSocial/Emotional DevelopmentSignageOrganizationChairsTablesStoolsRugSoft SeatingLaptopsiPadsProjectorCell PhonesBack2School

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