Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Reinvents Her Classroom for the 2016-2017 School Year
Chamblee, GA, September 9, 2016 – The Post Reports, Contributed – In Spring 2016, Ms. Amy Lou Brouner approached the Chamblee Middle School Education Foundation (CMSEF) with an idea to revolutionize her eighth grade Language Arts classroom. She saw an opportunity to incorporate modular furniture, whiteboards, technology, and flexible workspaces to allow her students to collaborate, innovate, and achieve 21st century learning goals.
CMSEF reviewed and approved Ms. Brouner’s proposal for new classroom furniture and fixtures, and the items were installed in time for the first day of the new school year.
Ms. Brouner has been a teacher in the magnet program at Chamblee Middle School for the past four years, and she has always been committed to inspiring her students to foster a love of reading, writing, and critical thinking. This year, she is excited about incorporating technology in new ways and working with the students on idea generation, brainstorming and problem-solving techniques. As Ms. Brouner explained, “We need classrooms designed to drive our teaching towards active student involvement and collaboration.”
She often takes the role of teacher-as-facilitator, breaking the students into small groups to explore topics more deeply. With tables and whiteboards on casters, the classroom can easily be rearranged to meet a variety of learning needs and activities.
On any given day, the classroom’s Promethean smart board, iPads, and computer stations are also being utilized for group work and self-directed learning. Students can “flip” the space quickly to transform the space from collaboration spaces, to a lecture environment, to student presentations and knowledge sharing.
Flexible classroom environments are growing in popularity across the nation, and CMSEF is proud to invest in instructional innovation to support student success at Chamblee Middle School.