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Organizing a Welcoming and Safe Classroom!

August 26, 2014

Precept of the Day – Plan the Classroom Environment to Support Learning

Master teachers use the classroom space to support educational goals. They see the physical space as a component of teaching that can motivate and engage students, reduce behavioral problems, and heighten learning. (Carpenter, Fontanini, & Neiman, 2010, p. 72)

 

For this important precept on planning your classroom environment, I am re-blogging a previous post. As many of your are going back to school, don’t overlook the importance of the classroom environment.Classroom Layout

From Surviving to Thriving

Many of you will soon be in your classrooms cleaning, sorting, and getting ready for your students. One of the first steps to creating positive classroom management is intentional planning and preparation of your space. The feeling your students get when they step into your classroom for the first time will have an influence on how they behave and react to you.

Even my adult learners notice and appreciate small flourishes I bring to the often sterile university classroom as I  make it my own space. Soft music is playing as my students arrive. A small bottle of  daisies or other flower is on each table. A pleasant candle or air freshener masks the stuffy institutional smell. Each table has needed supplies ready to use, and a variety of stress balls and squeeze toys to calm anxiety and help focus attention. It has been fun and interesting to see how popular and useful the stress balls have…

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