Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My 21st Century Classroom

Hello, everyone my name Dashaya Williams. I am a current student at Edinboro University. My major is Early Childhood Education. I would like to become a teacher in the Pittsburgh area teaching 2nd grade. As a future teacher, I have plans on having my own classroom. I have a vision on how I'm going to setup my classroom based on the 21st century.Technology and multimedia plays a role in the 21st century according to http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Designing_21st_Century_Classroom.htm. New technology is increasingly risen forcing its self into the school districts. Inside of my classroom, I would like to have smart boards, cell phones, laptops, and computers. This give my students the opportunity to go above and beyond their knowledge about technology. I would like to connect my students to technology globally. http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/What_is_21st_Century_Education.htm.
Here are slide shows to give you a better understanding on how important technology is and why I consider to welcome technology into my classroom.

http://classroom.4teachers.org/ This website helped me create my classroom setup. Here is a view of my classroom. I would like to start off viewing an old classroom then develop into my 21st century classroom.

 Old classrooms didn't use any technology. Teachers would teach students standing up writing on chalkboards. 

In my classroom, I would like my student's tables front and center. This way all eyes will be on me the teacher. The circle rug is place in the center to give full attention to a student who is given an presentation or answering a question. This will prevent other students from talking while others are speaking. In the down right corner is my desk. I don't plan on sitting there while class is in session, but hey I need a desk. Looking up into the upper right hand corner is the reading station. The reading station has sofa, beanbag chair, book shelves, and a easel. I will keep this station for finding research, reading or quiet time. Along the perimeter of my classroom are computers. My classroom is setup this way because students attention needs to be in the front of the room. It will give students a clear view of the smart board, which is front and center. Importantly technology is taking over. I want my students to have full advantage of the network.

K-2~ Understand basic properties (number of sides, corners, square corners) of and similarities and differences between simple geometric shapes
  • Understands the concepts of circles, squares, rectangles, cones, cylinders, cubes, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres, triangles
  • Knows attributes
  • Understands the basic concept of congruence (i.e same size and shape) of two-dimensional shapes
  • Know parts (e.g faces, edges, vertices)
  • Knows definitions of attributes of shapes



"Impact of Technology in Education." Upload & Share PowerPoint Presentations and Documents. Web. 06 Dec. 2011. <http://www.slideshare.net/loraevanouski/impact-of-technology-in-education>.

"Page Not Found Output." McREL: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. Web. 11 Dec. 2011. <http://www.mcrel.org/pdf/curriculum/5021cm_shapes>.
Shapes, Shapes, Everywhere

 "Top 10 Design Ideas for School of the 21st Century." American School & University | Shaping Facilities & Business Decisions for Education Administrators, Schools & Universities. 06 Dec. 2011. Web. 06 Dec. 2011. <http://asumag.com/mag/university_top_design_ideas/>.