The Studio as a Classroom

Tonight I was introduced to the concept of Studio Teaching….

Studio teaching is an approach to teaching that can be used to replace the standard lecture approach. It is based on sound pedagogical principles, is very flexible, is popular with students, and leads to superior learning in most instances. (http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/studio/what.html)

Tonight in our ECMP 455 class we were lucky enough to have the “Dream Team” (@glassbeed @kathycassidy @darrenkuropatwa) come and talk to us about their classrooms. They told us about the beginning, how the light bulb went off, their classrooms, and learning from each other, and finding a balance. Clarence Fischer introduced me to the Hive, his classroom. We saw a video of his classroom and this classroom exemplifies the idea of studio teaching. When I was watching the video I thought this can’t be a classroom, but it was. This classroom looked like a comfortable environment where I would like to go each day. A relaxing environment that fosters inquiry based learning versus the traditional based classroom. He talked about it being a more comfortable environment where there are few lectures, the students work collaboratively in groups to learn, the students are engaged in their learning, and become independent lifelong learners.

In this type of classroom the:

Class activities build on each other, providing a dynamic and integrated learning environment that emphasizes personal intellectual development as well as content learning. (http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/studio/what.html)

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Is this a Good Pedagogy? This idea at first seemed a little surreal to me because I have never seen or experienced anything like this. So, I did some research on this to see some other views on this classroom.

  • Many studies have shown that interactive engagement is a key to meaningful learning and intellectual development.
  • Active learning, including cooperative learning and group activities, is the most efficient way to promote student learning, and especially to develop higher order thinking skills.
  • While actively engaged, students develop good habits of the mind and the skills needed to be successful lifelong learners.
  • Many studies support the notion that “less is more,” meaning that exposing students to less information — but covering it in more depth — can lead to better learning.
  • Studio classrooms are ideal for helping students think about their learning and develop better lifelong learning skills.

This class was extremely inspiring! I am very excited to try the studio classroom in my future classroom. I would consider this online session a “life changing one.” I never thought I could learn so much and be so motivated to do something in 1 hour! I want to create a dynamic and connected classroom, and I will!

If you would like to learn more about the Studio Classroom, click here.

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