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Creating the Classroom Environment involves establishing an inviting physical environment and a comfortable social environment conducive to risk-taking. The physical environment is the first consideration. This involves placement of furniture and equipment, as well as the arrangement of learning areas. It also involves the display and storage of materials, and the general appearance of the classroom. Although the teacher has the ultimate responsibility for the room, especially in terms of safety, it is important for children to be involved in some of the decision-making as appropriate, such as designing a learning area, gathering the materials needed, and deciding on how many comfortably can be accommodated. Have a look at this exerpt to think about furniture and equipment, materials and use of time and space in your classroom this fall.

A couple of things to think about as you envision your classroom environment. Consider Cambourne’s conditions of learning and have a look at the focus for learning and materials suggested in Primarily Play for Setting up Learning Centres for Independent Inquiry. You can also have a look at the Introduction of the Learning In Centres chapter of the Thinking it Through collection for more ideas.

Take a peek into Ryan Wilkins’ classroom in our photo album below, and generate some new classroom environment plans of your own!

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