My students need an engaging and creative learning environment to become lifelong learners from the start.
I am teaching Kindergarten in a brand new school opening outside Detroit. As a new school, we are fortunate to have a wonderfully enthusiastic staff to create an amazing learning environment for students, but we do not have the funds to make each classroom an equally amazing physical environment.
I want to create an environment where students can learn through play, engage and immerse themselves in learning, and eagerly face challenges with a positive mindset.
I believe the best way to learn is by making it fun, and my students would appreciate any contributions to creating a fantastic learning environment for them!
There are a few areas I am focusing on in my classroom environment: Engaging Materials and Flexible Seating.
Students in Kindergarten learn through play, and having fun and flexible materials for learning in all subjects ensures engaged learning and exploration.
Center time is crucial in Kindergarten, so math manipulatives, gross motor toys, dramatic play materials, etc are all necessary for learning through play. There is such an emphasis on Math and Science through STEM in today's schools, and having interesting materials to learn and explore with help support the curriculum.
Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During independent work times they choose a location in the classroom that works for them. Currently my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting under tables with clip boards, or sitting or laying on the floor with a clip board. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them. I have noticed amazing differences in my students when they are given a choice in their seating. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their desk.
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