Engineering the Classroom Space. Abel L. Villarreal Austin Community College Teacher Certification Program. “What Starts Here Changes the World! ” Walter Cronkite (for Univ. of Texas) . A well engineered classroom has four elements in balance: . School required dictates
Abel L. Villarreal
Austin Community College
Teacher Certification Program
Walter Cronkite (for Univ. of Texas)
School dictates are things the school
requires a teacher MUST have in the
classroom. The list includes a U.S. flag, a
Texas flag, bell schedule, fire drill escape
route, fire extinguisher, school rules.
Like it or not , school dictates MUST be
considered FIRST when engineering
your classroom. Maintain these items
In top working order at all times.
Home comforts are materials, objects, personal effects students and teacher bring to the classroom from home. Such items may include photos, plants, drawings, art, furniture. The right comforts add character,soul and a sense of safety to its occupants.
Keep a big monthly calendar and have students write in their birthday. When the day come, celebrate it with them; give them a goodie from your special “Birthday Box.”
teacher must understand that he/she is
sharing the learning space with at least 15
other people. SHARE!
Read pp 74-78, Rookie Teaching for Dummies by Michael Kelley
time in the classroom as you will at home,
keep your “home away from home” clean,
maintained, and inviting.
“cutting edge” and new school technology
today may be obsolete or old technology in
a very short time.
About 30 years ago ….
television on the
art laptop computer.
and chalk were classroom
MUST HAVE tools!
2 to 3 inches thick, weighs less than 60
pounds and can display a 50 inch or larger
picture using a fraction of the power.
operates at 1.8 gigahertz,loads
software wirelessly, has no internal moving parts,does not need an optical drive, has 64 gigabytes of flash memory, runs 4 to 5 hours on a single charge, weighs 3 pounds, and is over 1000 times faster than its 1980’s predecessor
powerful than its 1980’s parent,
costs just over one-tenth of its
ancestor, and runs for months on
a set of batteries. It is a standard
tool in today’s math classes
across the country.
just keep going and going and going and…
what do these pictures suggest?
Some classroom tools evolve while
others are ageless. This means that the classroom teacher MUST master ageless (old school) technology as well as learn/apply new school technology!
What is your first
thought that comes to
you when you see
Backup systems are people, knowledge,
tools, procedures, and equipment that
keeps a classroom running smoothly and
Why are these people so important?
The janitor is like your mommy: He/she will keep your classroom running like your second home.
Think of the secretary as your body guard:
He/she will watch your back and give you
inside info on everything going on at school
and keep you a step ahead on everything.
The computer guy/gal is like your friendly
auto mechanic and family doctor in one:
He/she will fix/repair your teacher tools
(computer, printer, projector, etc.) and keep
you “healthy and fit” with school deadlines
(grades, attendance, etc.).
A school counselor/administrator is your
gateway to administrative solutions to
problem students and situations. Be very
selective on who this person(s) is (are).
A security guard or hall monitor is like a
guardian angel: he/she will keep you and
your students safe and will take extra care to
watch over your “second” family and home.
Think of the teacher next door as a “student”
sitter when you have to step out of your
room on emergencies or running late. Of
course, you will do the neighborly thing and
reciprocate when called upon.
Think of the school nurse as the expert
medical source and supplier of first aid stuff
(band aids, alcohol pads, etc.) on campus.
He/she can diagnose medical student
problems, advise you how to deal with a
wide variety of common student ailments
(headaches, nosebleeds, seizures, fainting
alcohol pads, peroxide).