Classrooms As Third Places


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Presentation for Learning Communities Aotearoa (Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand).

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Classrooms As Third Places

  1. 1. CLASSROOMS AS THIRD PLACES? <ul><li>Konrad Glogowski </li></ul><ul><li>OISE/UT ( </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo credit:
  2. 2. Ray Oldenburg Urban Sociologist Photo credit: <ul><li>Third Places are </li></ul><ul><li>informal public places where people </li></ul><ul><li>can gather and interact; </li></ul><ul><li>places that “host the regular, </li></ul><ul><li>voluntary, informal, and happily </li></ul><ul><li>anticipated gatherings of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>beyond the realms of home and work.” </li></ul><ul><li>pubs, cafés, coffeehouses, piazzas, </li></ul><ul><li>squares, etc. </li></ul>
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  4. 5. Role of the Teacher? Encourage expressive writing (Britton et al., 1975) Extend classroom discourse
  5. 7. Role of the Teacher? Allow students to define their spaces Ensure freedom to build their own web presence
  6. 9. Role of the Teacher? Allow students the freedom to interact/form networks with others who share similar interests/goals Support these interactions by adopting a readerly and participatory voice Use instructional conversations/scaffolding to support student endeavors
  7. 11. Role of the Teacher? Create a visual representation of the community Create a place where all content/interactions can be easily seen/accessed/followed
  8. 15. A Great Learning Place
  9. 17. Immerse – Build - Contribute
  10. 18. Classrooms as Third Places <ul><li>Learner-centred environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let participants build and maintain online presence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extending classroom discourse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Redefine “School Writing” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher dethroned from the traditional role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assume a readerly and participatory voice </li></ul></ul>
  11. 19. Thank you! Konrad Glogowski