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The Classroom Environment: Promoting Engagement and Independence
The Classroom Environment: Materials, Spaces, and Routines
The workshop approach to teaching promotes a high level of student engagement and independence. Therefore, the classroom environment is critical. When setting up a workshop classroom it is important for teachers to consider the materials, the spaces, and the routines that need to be in place.
We believe that the best learning comes from our peers. To that end, we have put together a PowerPoint which includes photographs taken from primary classrooms in South Carolina. We invite you to take a peek into these classrooms. As you view the PowerPoint you may want to consider the questions below.
Questions to Consider as you View the Classroom Environment PowerPoint
Materials: (click on a question for an answer)
- How do the teacher’s and students’ materials promote engagement and independence?
- What materials do you want to add to your classroom?
Spaces: (click on a question for an answer)
- How do the spaces in these classrooms promote engagement and independence?
- What spaces do you want to create in your classroom?
Routines: (click on a question for an answer)