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My Ideal Classroom

My ideal classroom to teach psychology in the 21st century.
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Stephenie Stencil

on 23 April 2010

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My Ideal Classroom... warm lighting comfortable seats ...is designed for comfort. controlled climate large windows calming colors ...uses and understands technology. 1 computer, with internet
access, for every 6 students smartboard Web cams for podcasts Simply learning about other cultures is not
the same as learning from other cultures. Each year I will build partnerships with psychology teachers from around the world and conduct and view podcasts on a regular basis. We will educate each other and our students about the different theories, philosophies, and scientific psychological findings in our own countries. I will also require my students to communicate with a pen pal throughout the semester. This is one reason I will need computers in my classroom. A projector and theatre sound system will
enhance the pod casts for all of the students
regardless of where they are seated. ...is a Constructivist classroom. Vygotsky's Assisted Learning -1st learn from my stydents what is
needed by asking, listening & observing -Then give them information, prompts,
reminders & encourgement at the right
times and in the right amount. -Gradually allow my students to do
more & more on their own. (Woolfolk 50) "Knowledge is not a copy of reality. To know an object, to know an event, is not simply to look at it and make a mental copy or image of it. To know an object is to act on it. To know is to motify, to transform the object, and to understand the process of this transformation, and as aconsequence to understand the way the object is constructed" (Woolfolk 49). - Piaget ...is multicultural. It's hard enough to hold their attention,
I don't want them distracted by body pains
caused by hard plastic or wood seats. soothing ...encourages hands on learning. color-coded replica of a brain games, mini inventories & tests By the time they are seniors, all of my students will be QPR certified. I want my students to be aware of the warning signs of suicide and know how they can help save a life.
- Q Question the person about suicide
- P Persuade the person to get help
- R Refer for help
I want to help build a connection between my students and their community. I will require all of my seniors to participate in community service.
- at one of several abused woman's shelters
- as a suicide prevention telephone operator
- at a youth outreach facility ...will involve a good amount
of Cooperative Learning. visible representation of
different ethnic groups ...is organized & clean. "Three levels of responsibility and teamwork--individual
leadership, cooradination between team members,
collaboration toward a common vision" are important to
the success of any group project" (Fadel 84). "Surrounded by digital media and media choices, 21st century students need to understand how to best
apply the media resources available for learning, and to use media creation tools to create compelling and
effective communication products such as videos, audio podcasts, and Web sites" (Fadel 67). Bookcases like this will be partially filled will
baskets and set up to create privacy for small
group projects. Supplies such as games,
mini inventories, self assessments and tests
will be stored in the baskets. A place for now... and later I hate to throw anything away because right after I do realize I needed it. I need a place, or two, to store the things I'm afraid to throw away. A divider for my handouts There will be a janitor but... I want my classroom as clean as my home so I will probably
need to do some of the cleaning myself. It is important to
provide my students with clean work spaces in which to work.
I will also expect my students to pick up after themselves.
Cleanliness in the classroom is important because cleanliness
in the workplace is important. natural Or by a room temperature that is too warm or too cold.
Have you ever tried concentrating on your test when
the air conditioner is cranked? How about when the
room is so hot you stick to your seat? It's distracting
and my room will be as free from distractions as possible. Jewish Psychologist Abraham Harold Maslow (1908-1970) Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923) A classroom in Zimbabwe Africa There will be white boards near each
"private" small group work space. cubicles for individual
quiet studies I will present the "big ideas" and work with my students to "make decisions
about content, activities, and approaches" (Woolfolk 461). Over time my lessons will change many times. I will try many methods to help my students build understanding and knowledge. Laptops with wireless cards for use in the classroom as well for students without home computers to checkout out. Of course this will not benifit all students without home computers access the internet but they can be used to create presentations, write reflection and assessment papers, and a range of other things to contribute to their groups. ...will align with Schmidt's "natural learning cycle"
including awareness, exploration, inquiry, and action. "Awareness gets students ready to expand their cognitive real estate by locating prior knowledge
from their cultures, families and experiences in the world, and stimulating their curiosity" (12). "Exploration lets students use all their senses, multiple intelligences and different learning styles to get a first look at new ideas, formulate more questions, pursue hunches, make discoveries and compare their impressions with other students" (12). "Inquiry involves collections, research, frequent trips to the library, passionate coversations and staying up late. It is a question-driven activity, but the work becomes very focused, complex and challenging" (12). "Action lets students use their knowledge to address problems, work on solutions, create new knowledge that can be shared, and see the impact of their learning in the world" (13). tables versus desks for more efficient group work There are significant benefits for students who work together on learning activities compared to students who work alone. "The benefits include both greater individual and collective knowledge growth, better confidence and motivation levels, and improved social interactions and feelings toward other students" (Fadel 109). Curricular Integration Psychology is a very broad field. Although I will work will my students to design my lessons, my "big ideas" will cross into: math with lessons including configuring psychological statistics testing; sociology with lessons including community interaction and service as well as disorders affecting society; biology with lessons including cognitive functions of the brain and nervous system; history and science with lessons including founding fathers, background of psychology, and impact on the history of science; and life span psychology with lessons ranging from conception to old age. Relax
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