Create Spaces that Spark Learning
“Dynamically Different Classrooms breathes life into thinking creatively about teaching and learning. It is full not only of ideas proven to work, but also of methodological insights into why they work. Each chapter offers ideas about a different area of learning, often sharing powerful reminders that a fresh look at how we use our classroom space can make all the difference. It also provides a refreshing take on the holistic view of teaching the whole child, taking into account a consideration of emotional responses.
This book will be fantastically useful for Primary and Secondary school teachers alike – and I believe every parent in the land would want their child to have the kind of learning experience that it champions, where the importance is placed on creativity, resilience and curiosity rather than on exam results alone.” Rachel Jones, teacher, King Edward VI School, author of Teacher Geek and curator of Don’t Change the Light Bulbs.
“In an educational landscape where different trends and fads come and go, Dynamically Different Classrooms is filled with the wisdom that only experience can bring. The main messages from recent and robust research are all put in one place and told through an array of creative examples and practical strategies, which makes this book a treasure trove of inspiration and ideas!” Chris Martin, Principal, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School.
“It is no surprise to me that Claire and Jan would produce a book that communicates such energy and excitement in both content and tone. As ever, their passion is infectious – and it is refreshing to come across a book that leaves the reader feeling so energised.” Clare Smith, Headteacher, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Banbury.
In ‘Dynamically Different Classrooms: Create spaces that spark learning’, Claire Gadsby and Jan Evans provide teachers with a visually striking masterclass on how to maximise the potential of every cubic inch of the learning environment.
Classrooms are private places. A lucky few consultants and inspectors among them get to visit hundreds of classrooms a year, yet many teachers never get the opportunity to see how other practitioners do it .
In ‘Dynamically Different Classrooms’, however, experienced educators Claire and Jan take away the guesswork by inviting teachers into a unique journey of classroom discovery that shows them how to design and use the space within their classroom in such a way that enhances their pupils learning experiences.
Bursting with a rich variety of practical ideas, this inspiring guide to the great indoors talks you through the clue corners , ceiling circuits and windows of opportunity waiting to be discovered in your classroom and shares 148 high-impact techniques proven to boost pupils engagement, long-term learning and progress.
The techniques are dispersed across five chapters each covering a specified aspect of the classroom (e.g. wall displays) and are colour-coded to cross-reference with the following six key themes in order to help you navigate your own pathway through the chapters according to your development priorities:
– Metacognition and self-regulated learning
– Emotional engagement
– Retrieval and revision
– Responsive teaching
– Oracy and word wealth
– Collaborative learning.
The strategies can be adapted for use with all age groups and will stimulate busy teachers to reimagine the learning space through a more creative lens. Each theme is underpinned by robust research in the book s introduction, in which the authors discuss the key findings and explore how effective classroom design can help unlock the potential of various pedagogical approaches.
The book also features a range of illuminating case studies from various schools across the UK, and is beautifully decorated with full-colour photographs that capture the techniques in action to make it even easier for you to adopt and adapt these design principles in your own dynamically different classroom.
Suitable for teachers, trainees, teaching assistants and senior leaders in both primary and secondary schools.