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My Ideal Learning Space

Put together a design brief for a new learning space.

I approached this task like stream of consciousness, so I brainstormed all of the items I would like in my ideal learning space. So, in no particular order…

  • Spaces and furniture that reflect the different ways people learn – Quiet spaces, Spaces for performing. Spaces to cook, Spaces to work on my own, with a partner (cafe style), in groups, in front of others, standing up, sitting down, lying down. Spaces that allows me to be in the outdoors.
  • Space for displays. Whiteboards, TV Screens, Monitors, Noticeboards…
  • Space for Storage – concrete materials, models and constructions all take up space and need somewhere to live.
  • Readily available access to a range technology
  • Sustainable – uses renewable energy sources. Supports recycling. environmental friendly design.
  • A workspace for teachers – to be with my colleagues. (I spent a lot of time considering this one.
  • Space for things that are fun – ball pit, a slide, a tree house

Whilst the space is important, the quality of the teaching and the learning inside the space is what really counts.

This post is the ninth in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.

 

Why teach?

What was the defining moment you decided to be a teacher?

“Blackboard” by Photo by M. Rehemtulla – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I just knew.

From the age of about six, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I would ‘play school’ at any opportunity. I would mark my pretend roll , write up ‘work’ on my little chalkboard with my toys or any friends being my students. I would mark their work with red ticks and crosses and write encouraging words of feedback on their sheets.

As I got older and experienced different teachers throughout my own education, there were plenty that inspired me.

Had it not have been for some great teachers who something in me; who gave their time freely to support what I wanted to do; who coached, mentored and guided me through the process,  I would not be the person I am today.

It’s my hope that I can provide the same opportunities for my students. That I can pay forward the experiences and the lessons I have learnt.

This post is the seventh in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.

Minutes made easy

Thanks to the wonderful world of twitter, I was made aware of a great free online resource the other day called minutes.io  that I thought would be a great resource for student councils to be aware of.

This site allows you to generate minutes from a meeting using an online template.

After entering the headings  you then need to enter the details of those present. Minute.io allows for sub-headings\topics down the side and breaks these into categories of TODO, OKAY, INFO, and IDEA. After the meeting, the program allows you to print off your minutes, e-mail your minutes to those who attended or publish the link for the minutes to a website for members or others to access.

Screen shot of my minutes using minut.io

Screen shot of my minutes using minut.io

The major drawback was that the website didn’t load with Internet Explorer; the main web browser used in schools. Those wanting to use it would need to access the site through an alternative browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari, however, for those looking for a template or easy way for students to take minutes, this site would be a great starting point.