Several factors influenced my classroom decor and layout decisions when I moved back to second grade this year.
I had to think about functionality, practicality and age-appropriateness.
I want for my students to be able to collaborate and help each other in their learning. I want for my students to learn to be organized and because of the experiences I’ve had, I do not believe this can be achieved with closed desks at this age. I believe that students learn organization and responsibility from having it modelled and set up for them to succeed.
I wanted to integrate flexible seating and make different work positions available to suit student needs.
Finally, I also believe in bringing nature and green thinking into the classroom.
There are several studies that have been conducted that show that the more natural light we use and the more we maximize it, the more academic success students will have. (Click here for ideas and statistics).
There are also studies that describe how getting nature into your life reduces stress and improves health. (Check out the book Vitamin N by Richard Louv).
I hope you’ve enjoyed the small tour of my classroom. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments.