My 21st Century Classroom


"I believe everyone needs a teacher to believe in them."

I believe many things, but one thing I believe is that everyone needs a teacher to believe in them. In this video, I explain, to you, why I feel 'believing in someone' is the most important benefit a teacher can have on his/her student. It started in 7th grade by one teacher, Mrs. Gleason, that effected everything in my educational career. If she was not my teacher in 7th grade, I may not of been sitting here writing this blog at this moment. In the video, you will see pictures which help explain my story of how I came to my particular belief.  For more information on my 'I believe' essay view Visual Essay Reflection and I Believe... blogs on my home page.

My Classroom:
My 21st century classroom was designed for a preschool to 1st grade age group. I also have the room set up with open space so wheelchairs and walkers can get through easy. You may notice, as you walking in the classroom, you do not see any individual desks. Well that is because each student will be seated at a round table. I chose to use tables instead of desks because I feel tables will make the students more social and better learners. It will also promote student centered learning. I feel that because other students are around them, they would ask each other some of their questions first and then ask me for help. It would give them another prospective on the topic they are learning. Also, since the tables are circles I could pull up a chair and help a group of students at a time. By using tables instead of desks you would think it would allow students to cheat off of each other for assessments, but there is a plan for that. You can get dividers for the tables for the assessments that you can put up and take down whenever needed.  For an example of dividers, for tests, look to the left. On the way in to the classroom there will be a table where students can hand in any work such as communication log journals and take home folders. This will allow me to see if the students did the work, if parents had a question or concern, and if papers needing to be taken home and brought back were taken care of. It also will take up less time for learning by having everything put in piles as they enter the room for the day. 

Many people may come in and wonder why we have no computers, but what they do not know is that we have laptops. We will have a laptop cart plugged in to the wall, keeping all laptops fully charged all the time, with enough for each student and a few extras in case one stops working for some reason. When the laptops are not being used the cart will be locked up so no one can take one without my knowledge. Each student will be given a number that corresponds with a laptop, the number they are given is the only laptop they are allowed to use. This will allow me to tell who is responsible for any damage on their laptop. Another technology item my classroom will have is a smartboard.  The smartboard will allow students to be interactive with their learning.  I want to have a portable and height adjustable smartboard. I want to have a portable smartboard so it can be used in circle time or story time on the rug and then be in front of the student tables for learning. I what to be able to adjust the height of the smartboard so during circle time all the students will be able to reach and during a lesson its up high so everyone can see what I am teaching. I do understand that with an adjustable and moving smartboard you will have more calibration issues, but I hope by the time I am ready to teach that will not be as big of a problem. Having both the smartboard and laptops in the classroom allows accessibility. We will have access to everything on the web. We also can use information off of the OER’s to help with lessons. The use of technology will be a big part of my classroom, but not the only part.,

You will notice I have two areas with rugs labeled. One rug is the circle time rug and the other rug is the play time rug. I have different shape rugs so students will know which rug is for learning and which rug is for fun. First, let us talk about the circle rug. The circle rug will be used for circle time and storytelling. I chose a circle rug so that everyone can see everyone. On the wall near the circle rug I would like a calendar, the days of the week, months, numbers, and sight words posted to the walls. The square rug will mainly be used for students to play on during play time. Around the square rug there will be shelves with toys and games for the students use. The loose toys like cars and dolls will have labeled bins for their stuff to go into. With the two rugs I hope to separate learning from playtime, but I do not want to take the fun out of learning.

There will be another part of the room called the reading corner.  In the reading corner, I will have a couch, chairs, and some bean bag chairs for students to sit on. I will also have a book shelf filled with books that the students can read. The reading corner also promotes student centered learning. With the comfortable seating I would hope to encourage the students to pick up a book and read it. I want the students to read outside of the class and reading circle time, so in that area I will have a way that the students can borrow the book and bring it back after they read it. 

 In the classroom, I would like a sink with cupboards around it. I want the students, if doing a messy activity, to be able to go clean up after they are done working on their project. Also, the sink in the classroom is good so, before snack time, the students can wash their hands to keep themselves healthy. Because the students are so young they may not realize that they should cough and sneeze in to their elbows and they might use their hands. Before they go off touching everything, we can have them wash their hands in the hope of teaching the students good hygiene. 

In the classroom you will notice that two of the walls have either dry erase boards or a bulletin board across the whole length. with the dry erase board across the whole wall I can have multiple students up at the board doing problems at the same time. The bulletin board will display projects the students worked on either in class or at home. Having the bulletin board long would allow students to look at one project and compare it to others, which can help the students tell how they can improve. Also, the students can compare several of their own projects and see how they improved.

Another way the classroom promotes accessibility is that the room is very open. Having an open room allows the students to get from one area to another without a lot of obstacles. I would like to teach special needs children so the room is very open to allow enough space for their needs to grow.  If you have a student that is in a wheel chair or a student that uses a walker, your room has to be open and easy to navigate. I want them to be able to do the same things as one of the typical students in the class. I made the room so they have as much freedom as possible. They do not always have someone with them to help them out all the time. They need to learn how to be independent and with the way the room is set up it allows them to have their freedom by everything being accessible. 

The classroom will promote authentic assessment. As students are working on their work or doing circle time I can watch them and assess. During circle time, when we are going over different things like calendar and weather, I can be watching the student to see if, with the tools they are given, they come up with the right answer.  Everything in the classroom will be useful and benefit the children I will teach. If anything seems to be a problem, then I will fix it when the time comes.

Rituals and Routines:
  • Students will arrive to classroom. As arriving students will put their backpacks and coats in their locker, bringing their folders and books that went home the the day before into the classroom. When they enter the room they will hand in their folders, notebooks, and anything else they might have on the table near the door. Students are allowed to play quietly, or read until the morning announcements and the pledge start. At that time they must return to their seats.
  • After announcements, I will call one table at a time of students to go pick up their toys or books they had out and go sit on the circle rug for circle time. Once everyone is at the circle we will begin the day.
  • We will start with, hellos to friends, calender, weather, lunch count, counting, and add talk about sight words.
  • After circle time students will get a book and read silently.
  • After silent reading, students will break off in to centers. We will have three centers: math, computers, and writing. At the math center I will teach a brief concept to a small group. After the students will work with a partner on a few problems. At the computer station, the students will get a laptop and play an educational game that will work on their reading skills. For the  writing center, the student will be asked to write a few sentences using the new sight words and as many old sight words as possible. then they can draw a picture to go along with the sentences.
  • We will have a snack and bathroom break next. Once they are done with snack they are expected to clean up any mess that was made.
  • We will than move to the circle for story time. I will have a book picked out already on the smartboard so everyone can see the page. I will start the book and we will go around the circle so each students read a page of the book. After reading, we will discuss what we read.
  • After reading the book we will have writing time. From the book we read, we will come up with a summary together about the book. After, I will start a sentence and the student must finish the sentence, they can add more sentences if they like and then draw a s get to picture of what they wrote.
  • After reading, the students will wash their hands and get ready for lunch. After lunch they will be able to use the bathroom.
  • Then the students will have recess.
  • When they came back from recess we will have quiet reading. This is where students get to pick a book and read for about 10 minutes to relax and calm down before afternoon center.
  • After quiet reading we will have afternoon centers. We will have four centers: math, science, arts and crafts, and computers. At the math center, the students will work on an activity that has to deal with the concept they learned earlier in the day. At the science center, students will be able to do an experiment together by following directions. I will be around to help if they need it. At the arts and crafts center, students will be given an activity dealing with cutting, gluing things together, and coloring certain things. This will show how well students can follow directions. At the computer station, students will be given a paper with a few simple questions. There will be three different websites to choose from in which they will be able to explore a kid friendly website or watch a clip that will help them learn science and history on each site. They can pick one of the websites and, while looking at the site, answer the question.
  • After station, students will be asked to clean up and return to their seats. When everyone is at their seats we will work on today's sight words. Depending on how well the students knew today's sight words or I will give them new words to work on.
  • After sight words, student will get ready to go home and will have play time until dismal.
·          The rituals and routines I will use in class will prompt collaboration, communication, and accessibility. The classroom promotes collaboration in a few ways. Many of the activities I would allow students to work together. By the students working together they are collaborating to get their work done and are helping one another to achieve their goal of getting all their work done correctly. Communication is promoted between students to other students, parents to students, students to teachers, and parents to teachers. Allowing students to work together on class work gives them the opportunity to communicate with one another. Students are promoted to ask questions as they come up. Asking questions is considered a good thing because it shows that the students want to learn. I will answer and discuses as many questions with the class or the individual student as possible. In class we will have communication log journals between me and the students' parents. This will allow me to tell the parents what the students did that day, if there were any problems or a reminder for the next day. The parents are allowed  to write back if they have a question, concern, or comment. This allows the parents to help enforce what the child is learning and will promote communication between the parents and student while at home. Since the parent already know what the student did and learned that day, they can start a conversation like "so what did you do today at school?" Now if the students says nothing the parents can say "did you go to the playground, the gym, music class, or at art class?" Hopefully the student will talk about what he did giving the students and parents a conversation and promoting communication. Lastly, my classroom will promote accessibility. Students have access to all the tools to do well. They have access to laptops that can get on the internet. There is endless amounts of knowledge out of information on the internet. Also the students will have access to books to read. the students in my class will have access to everything and everything to do well and succeed. Communication, collaboration, and accessibility will be a big part of my classroom.

I Instructional Glimpse:
    Narrative of PowerPoint:
    State Standards Addressed: Mathematics PK: Number, Number Systems, and Number Relationship
    2.1.PKA: Demonstrate the relationship between numbers and quantities,  including rote counting, one-to-one correspondence up to 10 objects, and comparing values of whole numbers up to 10.
Who is the audience? 
This is prepared for a per-kindergarten mathematics student.
What will the student do? (Objectives)
  • Students will watch a video about 0-10.
  • Students learn how to associate numbers with images
  • Students will play a game to help further understand counting.
  • Students will watch a counting song video.
What competencies will the students need to know prior to completing this task?  
   Students will need a general understanding of numbers.
What will they learn?
  Students will be able to count up to 10. Students will be able to associate numbers with pictures that equal each other.
How will you know?  
  Teacher will know that the students are understanding because you are having then interact with the program.
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My Technology Integration:

I went to classroom 2.0 to find tools to use in my classroom. One of the tools I will use in my classroom will be free rice.  Free Rice is a tool that will help the children build their vocabulary. While they are building their vocabulary they can help feed the hunger. Another tool I will use is Children Storybooks. Children Storybooks are an online tool that students can go to and listen to books and follow along. The students can also read a page and then listen to the page to make sure they have all the words right.  I will also use the A to Z teacher stuff. This site will allow you to make printable worksheets. This website will allow you to make worksheets that the students can use. I will use teacher hub to connect my students to the outside word. This website will allow the class to do projects with other schools, communicate with others, and find pen pals with other schools. As new technology come along I will change the class to use them if it is possible.

I will continue to use and grow my personal learning networks as a learner and as a teacher. I will keep using  technology as a learner and as a teacher. Technology is very helpful and is very beneficial it will be important to keep using it. Technology can help get work and help you learn new things. I will continue growing my personal learning networks because I am able to connect and see what other people are doing in my field.


Annotated Bibliography:

 To make the bibliography page I used easybib.

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