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7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have!

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This printable graphic includes information about creating seven different learning zones in your classroom. Read more about the benefits of creating classroom learning zones in the associated post: "7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have."

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Lynda Pilgreen's picture

Great ideas! Unfortunately many seem to be for elementary classes. I'd like to try a few in my high school class (of 30 not 20!) but would love some feedback on how these work in hs

Joan Arbisi Little's picture
Joan Arbisi Little
Education Consultant

When I looked at this graphic I was inspired to think of each of these zones as themes for different rooms.

I am working with a group of innovators to create a K-8 school for 150 students that is multiage and focused on personalized learning strongly supported by e-gaming. Students will move freely from area to area during 6 interdisciplinary blocks throughout the day.

We are in the process of securing a building that has some very large and very small work areas. After seeing this I think each room could be focused on one to three learning zones.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Denise Turner's picture

I teach middle and high school math levels. Can anyone help me brainstorm how the 7 zones can be created into my levels... I agree with Lynda (above). I need something with the higher levels.

Brian Sztabnik's picture
Brian Sztabnik
AP Literature teacher from Miller Place, NY

These are great tips but I do see how they need to be tweaked for the secondary level. I think the spirit of each of the 7 zones can be retained but they need not be physical spaces. Some can be elements of a god lesson plan. For example, the discovery zone can become an instance I which teachers use effective models during a lesson. The community zone can transform into informal assessment opportunities to modify instructional practices to improve student performance.

Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT's picture
Laura Bradley, MA, NBCT
Middle school English/Digital Design/Broadcast Media teacher

Hi Denise and Lynda! I agree -- there isn't room in my middle school English classroom to have separate zones for all these needs, but part of my routine is giving students clear expectations for how certain areas of the classroom are used, and for various kinds of lessons. For instance, a table at the front of our room holds stacking trays for each class period and a basket of staplers so that students know where to go to turn in their work. A windowsill in the back of the room has containers of bookmarks, rulers and scissors. I have two extra chairs and a small table in one corner where I can meet with students. It's a tiny area, but since it is away from my teacher-desk, I think it's less intimidating for meeting with kids. I try to make sure my whiteboard is used in a way to help students be organized: one side always has the date and day's agenda, while the other side always has the homework and due dates posted. While the ideal classroom would be large enough (and have a variety of furniture) to provide all those great learning zones, in the real world I think it comes down to organization and communication of how we use our spaces.

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