for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Classroom and School Environments
Students use a web-based discussion area to
introduce themselves to one another and report what they
have found. These
discussions often continue beyond the assignment and provide
students with a chance to learn about different cultures and
societies. Below is an example of an exchange between
two third grade classrooms...
Aloha from the island of Oahu where
our school is located. This report is from the 3rd grade
students of Mrs. Umemoto.
|Things that best
represents the Classroom........
- 5 computers - 2 Macs, 1
GS, 2 Apple 2E’s
- whiteboard instead of
- being in a “double”
classroom, where two classes
- share a space
- sink in the classroom
- taking off shoes and
storing it on a shoe rack
- 2 Flags - US and Hawaiian
- 3 fans - to keep the class
cool when it is warm
- louver windows
- TV and phone
- carpet and tile flooring
in the room
- palm trees
- center stage made of grass
- 1 playground for running
- 1 campus area for quiet
- red dirt
- basketball and volleyball
courts at the playground
- lots of big roaches and
lizards in the grass
- plumeria flowers and
- some portable wooden
buildings for music and PE
- water sprinklers
were particularly interested in the classes in Hawaii,
Florida, Japan and Australia. When the class looked at
the other submissions we discussed the similarities and
differences. When we finished the students wanted to
make a school Web site for our school!
Kelly Graham, Cartwright Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ
to message #1:
We are from Forest School in Ohio. We read your posting
about your classroom and we wonder why you remove your shoes
before you enter your classroom. Please write and let
us know. Thanks. The third grade.
We take off our shoes before
entering the classroom because our classroom has new carpet
and we want to try to keep it as clean and mud free as
possible. This led to a discussion about our homes and the
removal of shoes.
Kids went home to ask parents about
this question. Here is what was shared:
- Mom said that is we step on
something yucky then we won't bring it in the house.
- So we can keep the carpet clean.
- Want to keep rental home clean.
In conclusion, we're interested in
knowing whether or not you remove your shoes at home and/or
at school. And why or why not? Thank you for your
question...it lead us to a terrific discussion session!