With paragraphs from their essays projected on the walls, students can revise and improve their work with the help of their classmates. And they've already used the room for review. Students worked in groups, with each group taking one of the concepts studied and brainstorming ideas and quotes from the text. Then each group presented for the others. Students used their devices to photograph the information on the walls so they would have it to study for the test.
Dr. Carey also wants the classroom to be available for other faculty to use when her classes aren’t meeting. At ESA, students often take an active role in learning, but within traditional classrooms, movement is constrained by desks that aren’t meant to move, limited white board space and often, bookshelves and tables. Having a more flexible space removes those barriers. Already, Dr. Huffman’s Algebra II students (top) have demonstrated that Room 217 provides just as many advantages for cooperative learning in math as it does in English.