Designing a Student-Centered Classroom

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We all want to succeed at student-centered classroom design, but there’s so much out there on what that looks like that it can be overwhelming…and expensive. Here’s the perfect solution if you want to create a functional, student-centered classroom (even if your budget is small….or not at all!)

Everyone’s talking about student-centered classroom design, right? We all know that the perfect classroom design is difficult. But what almost no one understands about this is the concept of what a student-centered classroom actually looks like.

It’s not simply moving around your chairs to create a flexible seating classroom that constitutes as student-centered classroom design; it’s creating a classroom that works for all stakeholders (that includes the students AND you).

Believe it or not, that can happen even if you find yourself settling for the way things have “always been”, as long as you’re also developing a classroom that is the best design for each student (and you!).

Are you trying to design a student-centered classroom, but finding that figuring out an easy, cost-efficient way to do it is just too much to handle? Do you start fresh every Monday, fail, then vow to start again with the same old design strategies that just don’t work as efficiently for today’s learner? 

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You need to discover a new way of designing the classroom that works for everyone. This changes everything! What if you could instantly differentiate the environment for every student who walks through your classroom door?

These are things that used to frustrate me as well. I knew there had to be a way to change the setup of my classroom to make it “click” for our learners today, but I just didn’t know how to go about it. Everything seemed expensive and that it needed to be personalized with all these fancy gadgets.

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Wow, was I wrong.

Just imagine if you had the ability to create the perfect student-centered classroom design, what would you do? What would your classroom design look like? How would that instantly change your classroom for the better?

Unfortunately, student-centered classroom design isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers or sprinkling some pixie dust and VOILA! Your classroom instantly adapts to the students who are in there.

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Though that would be nice, huh?

But since that isn’t an option, we need to think outside of the box. We have to grab a few ideas from a colleague or a picture from Pinterest. Even if we design quickly, it’s going to take days to have a classroom that is easily adaptable, organized, and fits the needs of every student there, right?

While you might try to Google ideas to speed up the process, you can quickly get bogged down with so many different ideas that are intimidating, expensive or just don’t seem feasible in your environment.

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Talk about student-centered classroom design overload . . .

If you’ve ever felt that frustration with a functional classroom design, then I can relate to you perfectly.

Just like you, I struggled with creating the perfect classroom for my students – until I found the secret.

I played trial and error over a span of five years. FIVE YEARS. I took the plunge and put myself out there to see what worked…and what failed miserably…to try and figure out what kind of classroom dynamic would appeal to my students the most.

Once I figured it out, I was able to instantly differentiate the environment for every student who walked through my classroom door. Seriously.

I started telling my fellow teachers…those who taught the SAME students as me….about those results; what happened next shocked me. Some people were BEGGING me to show them how they could have the classroom that your students WANT to come to every day . . .

Others were really skeptical that it was even possible . . .

So I let them scope out my student-centered classroom design. I helped them brainstorm ideas they could easily manage in their own rooms. Then with that information, I gave them a challenge . . . the SAME challenge that I’m going to give to you right now.

Sign up to learn about our course “A Passion For Progress: Becoming a 100% Student-Centered Educator”. After implementing our easy to follow strategies, you’ll MORE than have the classroom that your students WANT to come to every day . . . and from that point forward, for the rest of your career, you’ll have a skill that will serve you forever no matter what classroom you’re teaching in.

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