starbucks your classroom

Do Students Learn Better in Chairs or Couches?

Design your classroom to be intentional and inviting. Today's guest, Oscar Cymerman, has decided to “Starbucks” his classroom.starbucks your classroom

Oskar says,

“Rows are for compliance but Starbucks is for collaboration.”

Now, he's reorganizing his science lecture area with Starbucks in mind.

Yes, there's still room for experiments, but you have to listen to the show to see what he's done.

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Show Notes on “Couches or Chairs”

  • How Oskar created a vision for his classroom that fits with his pedagogy.
  • How blended learning, Chromebooks and a desire for more collaboration (and less teacher Powerpoints) led Oskar to want to “Starbucks” his classroom.
  • How Oskar is rallying his community and the students to help fulfill his vision.

About Oskar Cymerman

Oskar Cymerman@focus2achieve is a Chemistry and Principles of Engineering Teacher at Woodbury High School in the Twin Cities Metro Area, MN. He is interested in and frequently blogs about brain-based approaches to learning and classroom design. In addition to starting the “Starbucks My Classroom Project” and #StarbucksMyRoom, he is currently writing a book titled “Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom.”

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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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