The Classroom Environment

I consider classroom environment to refer to three different elements: physical set up and layout, digital space and overall feel.

Physical Setup/Layout:
  • Student tables arranged in groups to encourage collaboration
  • Community materials to promote sharing
  • Comfortable areas to increase student productivity
  • Adequate technology available to students and teachers at all times
  • Organized for ease of use by teacher and students
  • Student work displayed

Digital Space:
  • Class website
  • Blogs
  • Wikispaces
  • All other online resources used by students and teachers

Overall Feel:
  • Caring community
  • Encouraged to take risks
  • Mutual respect
  • Teacher as facilitator

The following video shows some pictures taken in classrooms in which students are comfortable learning. They are challenged and encouraged to take risks. They are active participants in the learning process.

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