Acknowledgements

Detroit Future Schools Staff (past and current) Ammerah Saidi, Nate Mullen, Bobby Colombo, Isaac Miller, Conja Wright, Joey Rodriguez-Tanner, Angie Allen, Corey McCord, Piper Carter, Domonique Baul, Maya Stovall, Alicia Castañeda-Lopez, Andrea Claire Maio Detroit Future Media Staff (past and current) Joe Namy, Janel Yamashiro, Imad Hassan, Ron Watters Detroit Future Schools Teachers (past and

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Classroom Basics: Class Protocol

Classroom Basics: Class Protocol Once the physical aspects of the class are arranged, you can consider the protocols, or daily routines, of the classroom. Successful classrooms have clear protocols, which allow students to become comfortable enough to eventually start to take the lead in the classroom. This can only happen when students are clear on

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Classroom Basics: The Classroom Layout

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Classroom Basics: The Classroom Layout The physical layout of the classroom contributes to group behavior. When setting up your classroom consider your purpose and principles and try to create an environment where you can achieve your goals. On The Walls Make the images and media on your walls directly relevant to your purpose. Below is

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Classroom Basics

Every aspect of the classroom, from how the desks are set up, to how students enter or leave the classroom, contributes to the culture of the classroom. Classrooms without clear expectations and routines create a culture where the students are always depending on the teacher to tell them what to do before they can start

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Root Practice: Fishbowl

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Root Practice: Fishbowl A Fishbowl is a practice for structuring an equitable conversation. The conversation begins with a small group discussion on a topic, with one group of participants in the middle (this group is called the “Fishbowl”) and the rest of the participants observing. This practice can grow from small group conversations to more

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Root Practice: Gap Fill In

Root Practice: Gap Fill In Gap Fill In is a powerful tool that allows us to ”think about our thinking” (i.e. metacognition, one of the DFS “11 Essential Skills”). In this practice participants visually describe the process that happens when we make decisions or formulate opinions and ideas. By simply answering a question and then

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Root Practice: Spontaneous Synthesis

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Root Practice: Spontaneous Synthesis The goal of this activity is to get participants to see connections between seemingly disconnected concepts. The ability to see connections between disparate ideas is a skill that births innovation and creativity. Spontaneous Synthesis is a fun way to get participants practicing this habit. Steps Have participants cut paper into small

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