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Anatomy of a Classroom

Anatomy of a Classroom
  1. New tables provide features such as durable butcher block surfaces for experiments like building cardboard houses and wiring them with electricity; the chairs swivel 360 degrees, allowing movement for kinetic learners.
  2. Locking wheels allow teachers to easily rearrange the tables for special activities; for example, the class moved tables to face each other for a debate on the merits of solar-powered highways.
  3. The fourth graders keep interactive journals, where they make notes, drawings, and diagrams; their journals are used alongside Ms. Lefevers’ notes, which she shares on the projector (see No. 5).
  4. Look What’s Happening: It may seem simple but this whiteboard daily schedule is intentional. It’s part of a scaffolding approach to teaching executive functioning skills to prepare fourth graders for middle and high school. Teachers communicate quizzes and tests, and students use their agendas to track and highlight what’s ahead, including after-school activities, so they learn organizational and study skills.
  5. These new Epson projectors are improvements on SmartBoards; teachers and students can write on the screens with whiteboard markers and manipulate them with their hands instead of a special stylus. Ms. Lefevers records her notes for all five science classes so students can review anything they miss in class, or catch up if they’re absent.
  6. The Comfy Corner is a welcoming gathering space for class meetings and group activities; it’s hard for fourth graders to sit still for 45-minute classes. Movement to another space helps keep kids engaged.
  7. Windows to the world allow natural light into the classroom, which research shows is beneficial to learning. Ms. Lefevers feels its especially important to keep the outside world, where science is always happening, in view every day.

Let’s take a look inside the fourth grade classroom of Danielle Lefevers ’08 for insight into the learning resources provided in a Woodward classroom.

Anatomy of a Classroom
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Let’s take a look inside the fourth grade classroom of Danielle Lefevers ’08 for insight into the learning resources provided in a Woodward classroom.