The Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

Sixth graders created their own classroom design. Not only were these kids excited to come to school, but they got passionate about learning!   Furthermore, the results in Catherine Stanley's classroom should make us all wonder why more of us don't let our students customize their classrooms.

As an example of how you should share YOUR successes, this episode is coming to you because of a tweet. When Catherine Stanley tweeted pictures about what her students did when they redesigned her classroom, she got lots of us who follow her excited! Surprisingly, she said they came up with an original design that changed everything. Listen to some of what her sixth graders said as they evaluated their classroom design options:

“I thought we should place encouraging testing strategies around the room that are age-appropriate for sixth graders.”

“Different mindsets could be placed at different learning stations. We could talk to each other and learn from one another instead of just Ms. Stanley. It might make things easier on her.”

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Today's Sponsor: Carson-Dellosa

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  • Seating Charts
  • Decluttering Your Classroom
  • 6 Smart Strategies for Classroom Management
  • First-year Teacher Tips
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Show Notes:

  • Why would a teacher want to involve students in classroom design?
  • Can you increase student engagement with classroom design?
  • How can a teacher involve students in classroom design?
  • What are the benefits of student-created classroom design?
  • What design tips made the biggest difference in Catherine's classroom?
  • Did the students change things that increased their academic performance?

Catherine Stanley is a sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. She is passionate about fostering inclusive learning environments that are shaped and led by students. As a former NC Teaching Fellow, Catherine enjoys reflecting on pedagogy through blogging. She also serves on her school's Advisory and PBIS Committee.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Myra Guzman August 7, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Hi Vicki,
Thank you for sharing all the amazing tips for designing a classroom and for first year teachers. I really liked how Catherine included her students to help her design her classroom. I like what Catherine said, that if students are allowed to have a saying in their own learning they should also be allowed to have a saying in their learning environment which allows them to take responsibility for themselves. It does make students feel acknowledged, considered, and important when given the opportunity for them to have a saying in their education learning. I will for sure be considering to include my students in their classroom design this school year. I also liked the idea on creating a bulletin board with encouraging words to themselves to motivate them when they need motivation.

Irene Fenswick August 23, 2016 - 12:09 pm

It sounds so inspiring! For sure it is a fantastic idea to let kids create their own design for the classroom. As a result, they feel more happy to study there, and teacher easily gains their trust.


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