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Silvia Marinova


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How about a VIRTUAL classroom?

What do you imagine as the perfect classroom?
Me and my students were wondering ...
Is it big and full of light?
Is it in the middle of the jungle?
Are there many books in it?
Is there music in it?
What about a VIRTUAL classroom where you study in a virtual environment as if in a video game? Can we learn more from the virtual world than we actually think? Please, share some ideas and opinions ...
Waiting for your replies: Radina, Iliana and Silvia Marinova (teacher) from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Topics: education school

Closing Statement from Silvia Marinova

Thank you all for answering our question! It's been a pleasure answering and reading all the suggestions. :) We learned a lot as well. So you guys were very helpful and gave us some great insights!
A classroom has to be most of all effective and fun for both teachers and students. :)
Have a great time and enjoy the lifetime learning.

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    Jan 18 2013: Possibly I think it would be cool to take a walk with my teacher, to learn by conversation as we walked. I always feel good when I walk, and it's stimulating to have your scene changing as you move. But I don't know if you could do paperwork as you walk.
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      Jan 21 2013: Yeah! You can't write your test as you walk. It won't be comfortable for you. And taking walks is cool ^^ My Japanese teacher sometimes takes my class to the park near my school and we learn there. It's fun!

      You think that you wiil hide from the test? Don't be silly! To hide from the writing,from the reading,from the paperwork. You can get a table, that is moving! And you can write!!!

      I think that my students are being funny here but I let them answer as they please. I did the walking thing and lessons in the park and it's really enjoyable. Having a tablet outside also suits the purposes of paperwork. ;)Silvia
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        Jan 21 2013: Well, when I answered, I didn't know what you were studying. When I look at Silvia's profile, is she teaching English as a second language? Well, if there are times when you are just practicing your conversation, walking might be an enjoyable activity and give you something to talk about, the different things you are seeing.

        For a teacher teaching about the urban environment, walking in the city might be a good way to look at the urban environment directly.

        For a teacher teaching about nature, walking might be a good way to look at nature.

        It would be difficult to take notes on a walk. I guess the teacher would have to be very interesting so the students would remember. And the teacher could learn how to become better at memory, and help her students become better at memory.

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