One Template, Many Options: Cluster Organizer

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 11, 2023 10:14:00 AM

Whether you are an instructional technology coach or classroom teacher, you likely have a very large number of tools and instructional strategies to support teacher professional development. To make the most of any time you have, help teachers get comfortable with a single idea they can deploy in a range of subjects for a range of learning goals.

This blog focuses on the: cluster organizer.

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Topics: Wixie, professional development, graphic organizer

A Constructivist Classroom is a 21st-Century Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Feb 4, 2011 10:19:00 AM

I wrote a piece for Creative Educator magazine titled "Developing 21st Century Learning Environments".  The article discusses our traditional notion of learning environments revolving around places and spaces and how an effective learning environment does not have to be limited to these things.  The classroom of today should look much different from that of the past.

Today individuals are finding new ways of being and functioning in the 21st century that look much different from those of generations before.  Mindfulness is on the rise and not just by those who embark on the path of yoga or meditation.  Today schools are focusing more on social and emotional skills with their student population. 

Helping students to be aware and mindful of what they are feeling and how to self-regulate those emotions in order to sustain themselves with the demands of the classroom and world today.  In other words giving students the ability and skills to construct their own way of being.  Sound familiar?!  

A constructivist classroom fosters critical thinking, flexibility, creativity, active learning, and more.  All of which are standards of what a 21st century classroom should reflect. 

It is not just about technology; to sustain a 21st century classroom educators need to move from a transmittal instructional practice to a constructivist and transactional model.  I believe in order for students to be successful in and out of the classroom today we need to create learning environments that give students the permission to construct knowledge, not receive it.

Not sure how to get started with this transition? Tech4Learning can help

Tech4Learning can support your district's sustained professional learning program with training opportunities that provide new ideas and renewed energy. Our workshops help you create 21st century classrooms through a creative constructivist approach with effective technology integration and project-based learning.

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Topics: 21st century classroom, professional development, constructivism

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