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What is The Research-Based Space?

  • Establishing a Student-Focused Environment

    What is your role as a teacher? Your students' roles? Learn how to change the way you see your students' identity in your space. When they become the focus of every decision (even what goes on the walls), your space become truly effective.

  • Designing a Research-Based Classroom Space

    How do colors, lighting, space, and materials affect student learning? Learn how to use research on the physical space as well as on how children react to the environment to help you design a space that is responsive to their needs and development.

  • Planning for Responsive Instruction

    Why do things like mini lessons, flexible grouping, and backwards planning make a difference? Learn how to use your newly-defined roles and research-based space to plan instruction in ways that give students the ability to flourish.

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Inside TRBS

Everything you'll be learning in this course:

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Outline and Guide

    • About Your Instructor

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    Step 1: From Decorator to Designer

    • The Difference Between Decorating and Designing

    • Defining Your Roles

    • Setting Design Goals

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    Step 2: Designing a Student-Focused Space

    • Student-Focused vs. Teacher-Focused

    • Creating Your Space WITH Your Students

    • Designing a Layout for Young Children

    • Sketch Your Classroom Layout

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    Step 3: Considering the Seating

    • Developing a Purpose for Seating Types

    • Need vs. Want: The Types of Seating

    • Create a Donors Choose project or Amazon wish list

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    Step 4: Creating a Research-Based Environment

    • Research on Colors: Theory and Practice

    • Research on Lighting: Theory and Practice

    • A Reggio-Inspired Space

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    Step 5: Considering the Walls

    • Visual Clutter

    • Learning Tool vs. Poster: What's the Difference?

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    Step 6: Planning Your Instruction

    • Marrying Your Space and Instruction

    • Why Mini Lessons Matter

    • Differentiation: Beyond the Buzz Word

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    Step 7: Considering the Grouping

    • Driven by Data

    • Flexible Groups: The Logistics

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    Bonus Resources

    • A Guide to Changing Your Mindset

    • A Reggio-Inspired Checklist

    • Instructional Planning Guide

Ready to completely change your space?

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Frequently Asked ?s

  • Is there a timeline for the completing the course?

    No! Once you join, you can complete the course as quickly or slowly as you like. The video lessons will always be available for you to watch and revisit as needed.

  • How can I ask questions if I have them during a lesson?

    I am available to you whenever you need me. You can quickly send me an email, find me in our private TRBS Facebook group, or reach out to me on Instagram. While the lessons may not be live, I am just a short message away!

  • Do we ever meet live for coaching or support?

    Yes! In our private Facebook group for members of The Research-Based Space, we can engage in multiple ways. You can always come into the group with any questions, ideas, or just to chat with other members. I will also be going live periodically to give small-group coaching for helping you with your design. Having multiple eyes on your space is HUGELY beneficial! You can sign up for times to have your classroom space discussed either in a small group or 1-on-1 meeting.

  • Can this course help me during Distance/Virtual Learning?

    Yes, if you will be meeting in person at all. Designing a physical space is a huge part of back-to-school preparation, and in this current era, the design aspect is more crucial than ever. Using your school/district safety guidelines, use the lessons in this course to design a space that can be a calming, comforting place for your learners to be. If you are meeting virtually, you can still benefit now from the student-centered design and instruction portions of this course, then revisit the environment sections once you are safely back in your classroom.

  • Will you be adding any new content in the future?

    Yes, new bonus content will be added as needed. Future bonus lessons will include "How to Design and Set Up Play Centers," "Planning Effective Small Group Center Activities," and "Finding a Balance Between Hands-On and Technology."