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.
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.
Popular electronic media provide teachers with excellent resources for improving language skills, such as listening and speaking. Like newspapers and magazines, radio and television also provide a rich resource base for enriching the teaching of content knowledge in different learning areas.