Category Archives: Classroom

Innovation in the Classroom: Design Thinking for 21st Century Learning

This qualitative study seeks to explore how design thinking as a new model of learning is used in classroom learning. The participants for this study are the school leader and teachers from a public middle school. Through lesson observations and … Continue reading

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Foucault and the Early Childhood Classroom

Foucault’s notion of “regimes of truth” provides an understanding of how some discourses operate and network together to reinforce a particular powerful view of the world. These can be in oral or written forms. Early childhood education practices are drawn … Continue reading

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Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom

Recently, Bechtel has been experimenting with Self-Organized Learning Environments, or SOLEs, in her elementary school classes. SOLEs are short forays into the kind of self-organized learning that Sugata Mitra found to be so powerful. In a classroom SOLE, Bechtel asks … Continue reading

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Culture in the Classroom

Culture is everywhere in our schools and classrooms, including in places where we least expect it. That influences everything about student learning, including how children see themselves in relation to nature. For educators, understanding that classrooms and the things in … Continue reading

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Future Classroom Lab

Created by European Schoolnet, the Future Classroom Lab (FCL) is an inspirational learning environment in Brussels, challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms. Through six learning zones, visitors can explore the essential elements … Continue reading

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Promoting Student Metacognition

The importance of metacognition in the process of learning is an old idea that can be traced from Socrates’  questioning methods to Dewey’s twentieth-century stance that we learn more from reflecting on our experiences than from the actual experiences themselves. … Continue reading

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Collective Learning Agreements as Democratic Practice and Joint Empowerment

When decision-making power about what happens in a classroom is rarely shared with students, hierarchies are reinforced, knowledge is static, and learning becomes passive. Learning agreements and learning contracts can undercut these dynamics, modeling democracy while promoting cooperation. Analyzing collective … Continue reading

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Democratizing the Classroom: Sequencing Discussions and Assignments to Promote Student Ownership of the Course

This article explores a radical pedagogical method for democratizing the classroom that generates rich, engaged, student-led discussions. The approach is grounded in the notion that democratic participation in the classroom is a worthy goal of radical pedagogy, that students must … Continue reading

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Training Metacognition in the Classroom

Three aspects of metacognition that have been researched extensively are metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive monitoring, and metacognitive control. In this paper, we focus on metacognitive monitoring, which is an individual’s ability to assess the state of their cognitive activity, and metacognitive … Continue reading

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Classroom culture decisive for learning

The culture in a classroom is not only important for the social environment; it is also decisive for the learning process. “Anyone who is going to lead a class must know what they are supposed to be leading,” says researcher … Continue reading

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