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Learning Environments

Learning is enhanced by the space where it happens. Discover how to make a difference by optimizing seating arrangements, classroom decor, and even building design.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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Using Magic to Transform Student Lives

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Sensory Room 101

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Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

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17 chairs are lined side-by-side in three rows facing the front of a classroom. At the front of the class, inches from the ceiling, a flat screen TV is attached to the wall. A countertop with drawers extends along the right side of the room.
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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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Creating Core Memories in the Classroom

In her second post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels suggests creating positive academic core memories by respecting your classroom's emotional climate and engaging students' curiosity and anticipation.

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Middle School Maker Journey: The Making of a Mantra

In part eight of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reveals the power of a four-word design thinking mantra dominating the wall of his middle-school makerspace.

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Strategies for Multi-Grade-Level PBL Projects

By building in similar learning objectives, starting from different driving questions, and working in flexible learning spaces, PBL projects can foster collaboration between different grade levels.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

In part six of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on his middle school makerspace's successes and growth opportunities, with an eye on the upcoming capstone projects.

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Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom

Learning centers diversify student experience, encourage student voice, leverage available resources, and give teachers built-in opportunities for formative assessment and critical one-on-one conversations.

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13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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Remake Your Class Part 1: Planning for a Collaborative Learning Environment
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Remake Your Class: Building a Collaborative Learning Environment (Video Playlist)

Watch a determined middle school teacher transform his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning and effective teamwork -- with help from his students, community volunteers, and a few experts.

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Elementary Classroom Hacks: Big Ideas at Little Cost

With things like old keyboards, inexpensive aprons, free paint store supplies, and a little imagination, you can creatively customize your classroom environment to maximize learning.

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Innovative Practice: 5 Strategies for the Early Learning Classroom

Project- and play-based learning are essential in the early grades to develop creative learning dispositions during the brain's most active period of synaptic growth.

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Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.

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The Pros and Cons of Computer Labs

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz considers the pros and cons of the computer lab, a classroom dedicated entirely to tech education.

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

The art of thinking flourishes within an emotionally, intellectually and physically safe learning environment that is carefully constructed by the classroom teacher.

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