Created by the Mobile Technology Learning Center at the University of San Diego
Creating Flexible Learning Environments Teacher creates flexible learning spaces that serve multiple learning activities. Pedagogy is foundational in designing learning processes to accommodate collaborative learning environments.
Key Method Teacher creates a variety of learning spaces that facilitate a range of authentic activities on a spectrum of collaborative to individual work.
Method Components Core components
Shifts in learning spaces should be based on pedagogy. One shift is to focus on designing the space for regular student collaboration.
Design room to allow for small-group work, individual quiet time, and whole-class instruction so that students can use spaces to complete classwork or cool off as needed.
Student agency, ownership, and choice in the space are considered in the room design. Suggested strategy for designing a flexible space
Arrange furniture to create many open, spacious activity zones that allow groups of children to work together.
Make clipboards and whiteboards available for working without a table or desk. Utilize outdoor learning spaces when appropriate. Evidence student thinking and learning in the space by displaying student work and the process of
creating that work. Meet with students and ask them what kinds of spaces they would like in their learning environment.
Supporting Research Clayton, Marlynn K., and Mary Beth Forton. "This Room Was Made for You and Me." Classroom Spaces
That Work (Greenfield, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, 2001), 1141. https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/CSTW_Ch1_ThisRoomWasMade.pdf Teachers face barriers around structure and resources in turning their classrooms into an ideal learning environment. While teachers may not be able to transform an inadequate classroom into an ideal one, they can make dramatic improvements.
Hoffman, Jo. "Flexible Grouping Strategies in the Multiage Classroom." Theory into Practice 41.1
(2002): 4752. Due to the broad range of abilities, collaborative peer learning environments are necessary. A variety of arrangements for peer learning are utilized in a multiage classroom depending on the task.
Resources Brainstorm ways to use space, http://flexspace.org/
Practice designing your own classroom, http://classroom.4teachers.org/ Gather supplies to make your spaces come alive, http://www.recycledarthouston.org/teachers.html
Use archetypes to match learning spaces with physical and digital spaces, http://bit.ly/1KodPR0
Pre-K Spaces: Design for a Quality Classroom,
Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria To earn this micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 and an Exemplary score for Part 2. Part 1. Overview questions (300-word limit for each question)
Describe the student population that you created the learning environment for, including the following descriptors: grade level, demographics, number of students in each class, content area, and schedule (block, periods, etc.). - Passing: Description of student population is clear and specific.
Describe all the systems and strategies you used to create flexible learning spaces. These might be broken up into three phases: Before: Be sure to include the pedagogy that pushed you to make this space flexible. During: Describe the change you are making to create a more flexible learning environment. After: Map the result of that change and next steps moving forward. - Passing: Activity description is clear with sufficient detail to know what the teacher did to create
flexible learning spaces. Part 2. Work examples/artifacts Submit artifacts that were created while creating flexible learning spaces (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, or other products), including such items as:
Photos of the activity zones with annotations and descriptions of what each zone is used for A video of the activity zones with written or audio descriptions of what they are used for
Your artifact will be assessed on the following rubric. You must earn an Exemplary score for each component on this portion of the submission in order to earn the micro-credential.
Needs Improvement Developing Exemplary
Spaces do not allow for both collaborative and individual work.
Spaces allow for both collaborative and individual work.
Spaces allow for fluid and flexible groupings, including collaborative and individual work.
All spaces are used for teacher-led instruction.
Spaces can be used for both teacher-led and student-led instruction.
Spaces are designed in a manner that invites students to lead their own learning.
Part 3. Reflection Provide a reflection on what you learned using the following question as guidance (200-word limit):