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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.

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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 25 2013: Yes I agree about needing good teachers that have a good understanding of subjects. My experience is that teachers fulfill two roles: First, a teacher should be providing correct content and the progression of learning of a subject (e.g., algebra comes before trigonometry, and then precalculus, then calculus). Second, a teacher should also be turning the subject that might ordinarily seem mundane to a student into a fun and artistic activity. If you only do the first, students will not care or try. If you only do the second, there can be a lot of frustrating extra work simply to find what content a student needs to learn before understanding a topic.

    This appears what the green school is working on, maybe with some additional environmental/social responsibility.
    So to maybe refine my answer to your original question. I think a classroom should be a philosophical change in perspective. That is, the world should be the classroom and everything in it can be something interesting to learn about. One could merely have a concrete room, barren of any books, computers, etc., but you then talk about the structural integrity of the room, surface area, volume, why this room was built using concrete and if that would happen if it was built today...etc...
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      Jan 28 2013: I really like your view of things! I also try to incorporate art in my classroom but sometimes I'm pressed by time limits and stuff. Anyway, it's what makes the classes fun for teachers, too (since we do that mundane routine every day). Silvia

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