The Power of Purpose-Designed Learning Environments

Brian kissmanFrom the effective design and arrangement of furniture to the strategic placement of engaging learning resources to spaces that facilitate exploration and self-directed learning, the purpose designed classroom can make a huge difference to enhance the academic, social, and emotional growth of a child. Progressive classroom environments include natural lighting, plants, works of art, culture models, and aesthetics.

21st Century technology is strategically integrated into the classroom enviroment and includes Smart TVs, 1-to-1 laptops and notepads and more to communiate and network, do research, and produce innovative solutions to problems.

Visual learning prompts such as word walls, phonics banners, maps, and concept models are powerful teaching and learning tools.

Cooperative learning tables (as opposed to desks) invite collaboration and teamwork.

Leveled classroom libraries provide students with authentic literature at their just right level; if you want to become a reader you have to read!

Making visible learning objectives, big ideas, and critical thinking skills to reference across the year helps students to exercise their understandings and skills with a common language and shared understandings.

Successful schools strategically use the classroom environment to deliver dynamic learning experiences, which is what we do at New York Academy.


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