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    Watch this video. A tour of Ray and Charles Eames' studio after working as designers for 45 years.
    Carleton College has a good overview page on studio classrooms.
    John Seely Brown article on studios and changing literacies called "Exploring the Edge." {Change article.pdf}
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Sunday, April 15

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    The larger works should be evaluated by whether it meets the student's goals and whether it demonstrates mastery of a range of skills/understanding/etc.
    Teacher should establish framework and large-scale objectives, as well as provide resources and assistance with reaching the goals
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    Classroom design should suit the studio approach (aesthetics are significant and not secondary, but should also be useful, functional, helpful)
    Students possibly set up into groups
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    Longer stretches of time focused on task (not a lot of small, "10 minute" tasks, focused work times)
    Studio "buzz" students often working on different things, but respectful of each other and the work that each is doing
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    Non-Traditional Grading
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    External:
    Considers both product and process
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    Incorporation of Technology
    This should become so infused with the rest of the work in this model that the need for a "separate section" should disappear.
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    Watch this video. A tour of Ray and Charles Eames' studio after working as designers for 45 years.
    >Carleton College has a good overview page on studio classrooms.

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Monday, March 19

  1. msg the nature of this thing . . . message posted the nature of this thing . . . Today I turned my sophomore loose in the Media Center. Their mission? "Spend some quiet time…
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    Today I turned my sophomore loose in the Media Center. Their mission? "Spend some quiet time reading books of poetry, selecting ten poems that appeal to you, occasionally sharing something you like with a friend. Lay down on the floor, sit in a comfy chair or on a couch, grab a computer for some online work or typing, and just go for it."

    One of the most productive classes I've had all year. It's amazing what students can do with a little guidance (one of the librarians and I spent about 20 minutes pulling books for the kids) and a lot of motivation.
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Tuesday, January 23

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    Clarence Fisher's posts about classroom studios:
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    Watch this video. A tour of Ray and Charles Eames' studio after working as designers for 45 years.
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Wednesday, January 10

  1. msg the nature of this thing . . . message posted the nature of this thing . . . I love this idea, but I'm wondering if it's worth trying with only one computer for 26 kids, and la…
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    I love this idea, but I'm wondering if it's worth trying with only one computer for 26 kids, and lab time pretty much impossible to get (our math program gets priority, as they have all sorts of fancy computer apps for the remedial students). I guess the internet access would be most helpful for research/outside communication issues, but the independent/group work COULD be analog. Does that even begin to make any sense in this model?
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Tuesday, January 9

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    The Reggio Emilia Approach
    Case for a Cooperative Studio Classroom
    Clarence Fisher's posts about classroom studios:
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Wednesday, December 13

  1. msg Some thoughts from my students message posted Some thoughts from my students I've been discussing these ideas with my students as a possible direction we might, as a class, dec…
    Some thoughts from my students
    I've been discussing these ideas with my students as a possible direction we might, as a class, decide to take.


    We made some preliminary notes together:

    Things we like/want:
    • fewer assignments, but with more depth
    • computer/internet access in class
    • Interactive atmosphere with workstations, grouped tables, different work areas

    Concerns:
    • Teacher can deny access
    • Students not on topic
    • Dealing with the school limitations
    • Don't want to lose out on whole-class interaction
    • Work with other people from other classes?

    Teacher’s responsibilities:
    • has to set long-term goals
    • has to define skills, basic bodies of knowledge, and levels of understanding
    • has to help student discover ways to meet these

    Students’ responsibilities:
    • stay on task / help each other to do so
    • overcoming obstacles (self-defined goals based on personal strengths and weaknesses)


    We've also been discussing this on the forums. I've pasted some of the things they've had to say so far about this below. I'm excited to see how excited they are, and how seriously they seem to be taking this. I'm particularly interested in the comment in the last post about this having an "affect on us outside of this class too."

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    For the workstations thing... what would some of the stations be, and how would we know where we needed to be and what we were supposed to be doing that day? Would it be mostly group work, or more individual stuff? Since we're still kind of planning all this I guess we don't necessarily know yet, but those are just a few things I was wondering. If I come up with any more questions I'll be sure to post them! ~

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    If our classroom was really structured as described in those links..would we be organized into permanent isolated groups? I don't know if I'm describing that correctly, but that's the impression I got.
    I kind of like the interactive concept better than the traditional classroom structure we're used to; but I highly dislike group work, and I know how easily teenagers get annoyed with each other.. so I'm not sure if the whole "studio" thing will work at all!
    I'll say more later when some people actually respond. <3

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    I agree with Chelsea, but I think that there's some hope in this idea. I think that the studio approach is really creative and very smart. I like the idea of a challenge, even in the way that we think in class. I know that alot of responsibility will be added onto the student's side, but I'm totally willing to try it. Perhaps learning in a different style and working in a more creative way will help improve everyone's skills in class... we wouldn't know until we tested the "studio theory" (or whatever you'd like to call it, I don't know...) so we should give it a go. =]

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    I think the studio approach would be a nice change and a creative new way of learning. It’s rare that class is scheduled for computer lab times so this would be kind of like unlimited, any-time computer lab access. Students would be able to use the vast information from online resources like search engines such as Google to acquire new and more in-depth facts as well as ideas. One disadvantage and minor setback of this approach would be the sharing issue of the computers, because not everyone would have one, which brings us to the groups. Today we talked about the actual grouping and I think that as long as no one was paired with someone they really couldn’t stand (I don’t know if there’s anyone like that in the class) groups could have the chance to work efficiently and maybe even vigorously. Groups usually help work go faster; though sometimes it’s because the smart kid does all the work. Other times it’s because everyone really does collaborate to get the job done, with each person being assigned a specific task to uphold and complete by a deadline. This would be something we could experiment on, and Mr. Hoefler could decide if our group choices were actually wise decisions. I don’t know if we’d be able to pick the groups ourselves or not so that’s a kind of hypothetical anyway. Something I want to ask is, what kind of work would we be doing in these groups? Would class still be the way it is now, with notes and enlightenment on the various subjects and topics of the curriculum? Or would we expand those topics to broaden the view? Would groups mean projects? Would class be like this all the time or would this just be once in a while (like signet)?

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    Mkayy. This "studio approach", well, it makes me excited. I already consider English my favorite class. (I'm not even sucking up either! I love this class!)I think that the studio approach would make it even more fun and engaging than it already is. I mean, I like computers, groups, English, and philosophy stuff. I sound really ditzy, but anyways, I think that the studio approach would really "broaden our horizons". Seriously, public education is pretty pointless a lot of the time. If kids have absolutely NO interest in what they're being taught, then the majority of them will not learn anything. This approach would give you a little more leeway than the strictures of "normal" education, am I correct? Although we need to invent "on-task machines" first. Ha. I think that actually just the threat of going back to a normal classroom setting would help keep everyone in line.

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    I like this idea alot and i know that personally it would probably help me alot because i learn better like that. Yes, it will involve a higher level of matuity but i think that our class can handle that. It would be fun we should definatly try it.

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    because we already have a more creative or free way of thinking in this class, it would be hard, like amy said 2 go back. i agree in that it would make us think more. as long as we stay on topic ( as we all kno i don't!) nd we should try to have things that are interesting to everyone or a variety, so students can pay more attention or have more passion or interest for the topic being discussed. kaybye

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    Okay so after we talked about this in class the other day, this totally reminded me of the movie Accepted. Like how they did everything, is kind of how we are talking about trying in our class. also, with what Tyler said, yeah we are going to have to be more mature about stuff in our class, and even though our class is not really that mature at times, maybe trying this will change how we act in our class and you never know, could have an affect on us outside of this class too (even though I know we are mainly just focused on our English class). So I think it would be pretty cool to try this. I think it will be fun and a change from the normal routine that we always do.
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