6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

6 Professional Opportunities for
Learning More About Classroom Design

Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Because of the extremely busy time of year, this post will be short and to the point. Tonight, I’m hosting two opportunities for professional learning. I’ll share that information below (during the Twitter chat, I’ll even be giving away two interactive white board systems and a document camera – compliments of the fantastic company, IPevo)! My first post for the back to school year on Scholastic pushed live this morning, and I’m hosting a NEW challenge on ClassroomCribs.com with two of my dear friends. You’ll have to be sure to check that out and submit your photos or video. It will be a great collection of amazing classroom spaces, and we’d LOVE to feature your space. We have thousands of teachers already subscribed, so there will be a BIG opportunity for your had work to be seen by people all over the world. I’m so excited about this project!

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Join Steven for the next installment in the series. This time, I’ll be featured – LIVE. We will talk about creating the ultimate learning environments, how to foster creativity and engagement, and much more!

Tuesday, August 19, 7:00p.m. Eastern

Join in at this link!

#TeacherFriends LIVE Chat on Twitter

Join me tonight on Twitter to discuss classroom design and brain-friendly learning spaces. The chat is designed to coach newbies in getting their feet wet with how Twitter chats work. So, the more Twitter stars we also have on the chat, the better. Plus, the more newbies we have, the better. THAT is how we build our community – through connecting, establishing the foundations of new relationships, sharing, and networking. Plus, IPEVO is donating TWO interactive white board systems and a document camera. We will select the winners during the live chat tonight. There will be a public Google document sent out and the participants will enter their Twitter handles. The winner will randomly be selected via a random number generator.

Time: 9pm Eastern tonight – August 19th 2014 on Twitter

Simply follow the hashtag #TeacherFriends (click here)

3 Quick Classroom Design Tips


Prior to going into teaching, I studied interior design at Michigan State University. However, after my daughter Riley was born, I knew my love for children was something I had to pursue full-time. So I changed directions and became a teacher. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I feel so lucky to have a career that I enjoy. For me, teaching often isn’t a job, but rather a passion. I have even been able to use my knowledge of design to help influence the success my students have had throughout the years.

Many years ago as a first-year teacher, my administrator required all new faculty members to participate in professional development to help familiarize us with the HET (Highly Effective Teaching) Model. We read articles, discussed the research, and worked with certified consultants to understand how to set up brain-friendly learning environments, and design our curriculum to create more meaning for each student. The focus of our training was to create a physical environment that would enhance academic standards and instructional delivery, along with infusing a sense of authenticity into our units of study. I’m excited to share a few tips we learned throughout the course of our training along with findings others have shared through their research.

Click Here to View the 3 Tips and Full Post on Scholastic

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Free Webinar

September 17 at 7pm EDT

click here to register for free and reserve your spot

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education in a back-to-school webinar that is part of its Project 24 leadership series. Project 24 is a systemic planning framework around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of “career and college readiness” for all students. This Google Hangout will explore how classroom spaces can be transformed into brain-friendly digital learning environments. As founders of classroomcribs.com, Erin Klein, Benjamin Gilpin, andA. J. Juliani will discuss how the learning environment, including physical spaces, plays a key role in how students learn and how creating a digital environment in such a space can transform the learning process as a whole.

If you are often debating between colors, themes, desk/table set up, and wondering how to design your learning space so it best supports all of your students, this webinar is for you. It will provide information and real school examples to assist in redesigning a classroom into one that considers brain research, gender, and digital impacts on learning. For administrators, this webinar will provide concrete examples of how the learning environment impacts student learning and how a classroom or building makeover may just be what is needed to take student achievement to the next level. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Setting Up a Brain-Friendly Classroom

You can click on the above image or click here to view my webinar hosted through EdWeb from July. This webinar focuses a lot on the “how – to” aspects. I invite you to sign up for my upcoming second webinar which will focus on seeing several examples of classroom spaces that highlight brain-friendly learning.

Second Webinar: More Strategies for Setting Up a Brain-Friendly Classroom

Thursday, September 18 at 5:00pm Eastern

You can click here to register for free today!

Are you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best classroom ever? Our community’s three-part Setting Up a Wow Classroom series, sponsored by Quill.com, will show you fresh ways to set up and manage your classroom. In this final webinar of the series, second grade teacher and international design consultant, Erin Klein, will share specific examples of creative classroom environments, and how you can recreate them. In her previous webinar, “Setting up a Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Classroom,” attendees requested specific examples of brain-friendly classrooms, what they look like, the purposes of learning spaces, and more. In response, Erin partnered with colleagues around the country and in her global personal learning network to curate a rich portfolio of resources that she will share. On September 18, she will discuss how to begin the process of rethinking your re-design, give you easy and manageable tips to get started, and show you several examples of thoughtfully-designed learning environments. Attendees will learn:

  • How to get started with setting your room up for success
  • Simple tricks to make a big impact
  • Affordable ways to set up a brain-friendly space

As a bonus, Quill.com and Carson-Dellosa will be giving away two “Back-To-School” Bundles during the live event. These bundles have a retail value of $90. Join Erin for this dynamic session and get practical tips you can take back to your classroom immediately!
<align=”center”>Sponsored by Quill.com
Co-hosted by edWeb.net and Big Deal Media

Do You Have A Fun Learning Space to Share?

We would LOVE to Feature you!

Remember MTV Cribs? We thought, what if that same concept of Cribs…met the classroom! From August 14th to September 14th we’ll be running a challenge that anyone can join. Here’s the details:

1. Rethink your learning space with the student in mind. What changes will enhance the learning experience?

2. Redesign your learning space and show us how you did it: Take pictures and video.

3. Create a 3-min “Cribs” video (or slideshow) showing off your new learning space. Include a short rationale for “why” you made the changes.

4. Submit your video/slideshow, rationale, and bio to have a chance to be featured on our site and win great prizes!

There will be tons of exposure to showcase your beautiful space. We already have THOUSANDS of educators subscribed.

Be sure to click here to subscribe AND click here to enter the challenge!

In order to subscribe, be sure to fill out the “Want Free Updates?” section on the right!


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Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

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