Planning a Learning Environment


  1. Check your (preferred) email for my FEEDBACK to your first reading assignment and tutoring. Also, check how well your tutee performed after the first tutoring in the tutoring lab. Remember that is your SCORE of the reading assignment as well.
  2. I’ve shared a Google spreadsheet with you so that you can check your ASSIGNMENT submission. Please check this spreadsheet and contact me if you have any concern or question.

Where Are You Teaching? Designing Your Dream Learning Environment 

Now you know who and what you are teaching and we also discussed standards of learning and teaching with technology. It is time to figure out where you will be teaching. What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like?

We will be working on designing your dream learning environment. First, we’ll need to get a graphic of your classroom up onto a new page in your portfolio called, “Learning Environment”. We’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner but you are welcome to use other tools.

Let’s watch a short tutorial video about Floor planner.

The best thing to do is to create an account in Floorplanner (so you can return to your floorplan if you don’t finish it in class) and then go through the 12-step tutorial so you’ll know exactly what you can do with the tool.  You’ll need to click on tutorial to the left of the screen (see screen shot below). Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floor plan.

If you want to get some ideas about the classroom layout, spend some time exploring images of classrooms. You can start with Gretchen’s Pinterest board (you don’t need a Pinterest account to view it). You might want to skim this article. Also, feel free to talk with your peers about their favorite classrooms. Think about arrangement of the desks, a reading loft, a couch, and etc.

Here are some examples of learning environment design from previous years:

After creating your ideal learning environment, use create a screen shot of the image to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page.

You don’t know how to take a screen shot? Don’t worry. You can follow these directions (or, scan the QR code on the right) to learn about how to do a screen capture.

YOUR TASKS for the Learning Environment Design:

1. Create a “Learning Environment” (or other name you want to use) page on your Google Site.

2. Insert the image of your learning environment design onto your “Learning Environment” web page.

3. Respond to the following directly on your “Learning Environment” web page:

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

This assignment will be due on Monday, January 28.

For Friday, we will continue working on the learning environment design. 

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