STEM education provides many opportunities and challenges. How can our practice evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century learners?

What are the biggest challenges as far as the classroom itself, furniture, organization workflow to students' learning and teaching?

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Today's classroom should have flexibility with room for all dynamic possibilities to occur. See the classroom is a mini-city, at the initial stage, students will build on as they learn, congregate for discussion, and models their growth through their work. If you have positive vibe when you enter you want to be a part of this classroom. Some must haves: places for small teams or large teams (desks or table that move), places to park ( a spot on the floor or a nook in on the side), places of quiet ( a no interruption center), places for sharing (classroom walls or school-wide halls), places for spontaneous study (grab and go use anywhere laptop cart) , and a place for teacher student conferencing.

During the first few weeks of school, make time to share and practice at least 2 or 3 ways a flexible classroom can transform depending on your needs, a lesson for the day or projects in the weeks ahead. Be prepared to allow students the time to be a part in meeting the needs of everyone by keeping them informed how the spaces and places should be used and how it works to their best interest. Make it an opportunity to learn about our need to be flexible.

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