Extreme classroom makeover

Settling in
You should have read chapter 1 and finished your Reading Guide by now. Thinking back on the chapter. What was the most interesting or most important thing you read? What surprised or interested you?  Jot your answer on Wallwisher.

Classroom design

Now that you know who and what you are teaching it is time to figure out where you will be teaching. What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like?  Check out this blog post first to get some ideas of classrooms of the future (and if you’re really interested, check out this list of great resources) Then, we’ll need to get a graphic of your classroom up onto a new page in your portfolio called, “Creating a Learning Environment”. We’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner but you are welcome to use other tools.

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. Because you are using the free version you will only be able to create one floorplan.

After creating your classroom layout, use the handout from today’s class 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 webpage. Then, respond to the following directly on your “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage.

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.

You can see an example of this here.

***When you log back in to Floorplanner – use the “Easy Login” link on the right -otherwise, you won’t be able to log back in.


  1. Create a new page on your portfolio website called “Creating a Learning Environment”
  2. Complete your classroom layout using Floor planner.
  3. Add a screen shot of it to your “Creating a Learning Environment” portfolio page.
  4. Respond to the questions listed above (type them directly on the webpage – NOT in a Google Doc.)
  5. Start reading chapter 2.  The reading guide will be due on Wednesday Feb 2.
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