Environment

Scroll through these examples of classroom environments

Sometimes we want to make a change to our classroom.  We are tired of the way it looks and it set up, it may not be working for the children but we aren’t sure what to change, or we want to try out a new curriculum idea or project and this means the room design needs altering.  But where to start?  This Classroom Reflection tool can help you to take stock of your classroom environment and think about changes you want to make. Resources for Rethinking Your Classroom Set Up has articles, our favorite books, and a powerpoint about environments.  This section also has inspirational photographs to help you think about key elements of your classroom and how they might be transformed. While classrooms should be beautiful and meet the needs of children, they must also be functional and provide accessibility.  Balancing beauty and function is the key to a successful classroom.  Finally the section on Trauma Sensitive Classroom supports teachers to ensure that they are setting up their classrooms in a way that helps children to self-regulate and be in an environment ready for learning.

 

Guiding Questions and Statement All Teachers Should Think About:

  • How can I create a classroom environment that trusts children and enables me to share control with them?

  • How does my environment support my goals for children? Or not?

  • Teachers may need explicit support in environmental design and how to look critically at environments - and be empowered to make change.

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