“The environment is the real curriculum. To assume it is neutral is illusory.” Anita Olds
As the new school year begins, it is important to TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR CLASSROOM from a fresh angle. The environment must be a dynamic and living space which continually engages your students and conveys the quality of your program to parents.
· GET DOWN ON A CHILD’S EYE-LEVEL and ponder what the room communicates. Does it entice you to enter and explore? Or is the clutter overwhelming and confusing?
And WHAT ABOUT THE PARENTS? Step back to the doorway and imagine entering the room through their eyes. Does the décor convey that families and community are appreciated here? Would you send your child to this center?
For the environment to take on the role of the “third teacher”, every article present must have a purpose. Dare to take action to improve your environment—whether it be de-cluttering, rearranging, or finding a new way to display your manipulatives.
From Community Playthings. http://www.communityplaythings.com/
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