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Working in Classrooms: Teaching, Time and Space. Learning Guide - Section One

This module explores how South African teachers can reorganize the spaces in which they teach, and the way in which time is organized in their schools, to improve learning.

Working in Classrooms: Teaching, Time and Space. Learning Guide - Introduction

Working in Classrooms looks at how arrangements of time and space shape school teaching; and at how teachers, principals and government departments of education shape the time and
space for learning in schools.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 9 - A staffroom conversation

This dialogue is one of the series of dialogues and cases that Wally Morrow and other members of the writing team prepared for the Learning Guide Working in Classrooms: Teaching, Time and Space.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 8 - Amusing ourselves to death

Although both extracts about television, they also present a set of arguments about information, learning and education.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 7 - The open classroom

In this set of extracts from The Open Classroom, Herbert Kohl compares the spatial arrangements of three different classrooms. The classrooms he describes are hypothetical, but the
descriptions are based on actual classrooms and are all fairly typical for North America.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 5 - The children and their learning needs: Balancing individual and whole class teaching

An important part of a teacher’s work is to establish a classroom climate that encourages and enables learning.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 6 - Kinship and classrooms: An ethonographic perspective on education as cultural transmission

This set of excerpts from a research article compares the ways in which two different preschools (or early learning centres) construct order through different arrangements of time and space.

Working in Classrooms. Reading 2 - Timetables

This optional reading on the sociology of school timetables includes a small research activity.

Using Media in Teaching: Learning Guide. Section Seven - Using Computer Technologies in Schools

The current optimism about computers makes it easier to find funding for projects that involve computers than it is to find sources willing to contribute to teacher

Using Media in Teaching: Learning Guide. Section Six - Using Textbooks in Teaching

Textbooks are very useful educational resources. But they must be used well. In order to make the best use of textbooks within a media-rich teaching style, we need to understand how textbooks differ from the popular media resources we will use in our classroom.