The 5 Key Learning Spaces: The Classroom

  • As a part of EDFD459 a subject in which I am taking part at Uni I have been asked to create an e-presentation looking at the 5 Key Spaces of learning throughout the next few blogs I will go through the 5 Key Spaces and share the considerations of each, how to implement and the positives and negatives that come with each space.
  • The first space to look at is the classroom.
  • The Classroom:
  • When looking at the classroom as a traditional learning space what comes to mind is rows of desks facing a board with the teacher operating in a direct teaching approach. However as we look more closely to how students learn best we find that there is many ways to learn and therefore many ways to teach (Cinar, 2010).
  • When setting up a classroom there is not one definitive answer for the best classroom setting. When considering the classroom setting in relation to teaching it is better to consider the environment you wish to create to enhance students learning, support their needs and to do so in a way that is engaging. The way in which the classroom is set up can effect students learning, behaviour and engagement in their work and so it is vital that a classroom is set up in a way that is tailored to suit the needs of the particular students in your class (Mäkitalo-Siegl, Zottmann, Kaplan & Fischer, 2010).
  • This can be done by considering desk arrangements to utilise the space well, the visual stimulus around the room is not too overwhelming and is relevant to learning, providing areas in which the students can learn in a relaxed setting such as a carpet area or reading corner, the white board/smartboard visible from all seats in the room and the organisation and management of materials done in a way that is using space well and provides adequate access to the students (Clifford, 2012). Other areas in which to consider when designing the classroom is the lighting – opening up the room to allow natural light, the air flow/air conditioning in the room so students are kept comfortable while inside and the noise level around the classroom is at a level in which doesn’t disrupt lessons and learning (Polityka, n.d).
  • When designing a classroom all these different elements need to be considered to create the optimal setting that can create a positive learning environment (Clifford, 2012).
  • The School:
  • Creating a sense of community and positive atmosphere needs to be considered at a whole school level and creating the school environment to support learning in the classroom. This will translate into the classroom in regard to expectations and behaviours on an individual level and group setting (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2011).
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