The Research-Based Space
An online course in design thinking for teachers
Everything you'll be learning in this course:
Course Outline and Guide
About Your Instructor
Tell me more about your background in designing your space, environment, and instruction!
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The Difference Between Decorating and Designing
Defining Your Roles
Setting Design Goals
What are your goals?
Student-Focused vs. Teacher-Focused
Creating Your Space WITH Your Students
Designing a Layout for Young Children
Sketch Your Classroom Layout
Developing a Purpose for Seating Types
Need vs. Want: The Types of Seating
Create a Donors Choose project or Amazon wish list
Research on Colors: Theory and Practice
Research on Lighting: Theory and Practice
A Reggio-Inspired Space
Understanding the research
Learning Tool vs. Poster: What's the Difference?
Marrying Your Space and Instruction
Why Mini Lessons Matter
Differentiation: Beyond the Buzz Word
Driven by Data
Flexible Groups: The Logistics
A Guide to Changing Your Mindset
A Reggio-Inspired Checklist
Instructional Planning Guide
You will get coaching and support from me!
In these groups, you will be able to go live with me on multiple occasions to receive specific, individualized coaching! Share pictures and videos of your space, get feedback, and learn from your coursemates. You will be able to sign up for individual coaching sessions.
Although there are 3 hours of video lessons, you won't need to go through them alone. Some lessons will be taught live by me! Join me in real time to ask questions and get support as you learn. I schedule around you, so you'll always be able to attend or re-watch what you miss.
Our time is sacred during the school year. That's why this course is designed to move at your own pace. If you can't attend live instruction or coaching sessions, that's okay. You have the ability to move through the lessons at whatever pace works for your life.
I don't want you to miss out!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."