The context in which learning takes place has a strong influence on what a learner will remember and how well this knowledge can be recalled. The classroom environment is filled with artifacts that help mediate every student’s social, emotional and academic development when put to proper use. The Learning Cultures approach specifies that students have ample freedom to use space and materials freely, the classroom environment is viewed as an important learning resource. The physical, spatial, and temporal zones of a classroom are organized to optimize learning opportunities.
Explore the classrooms of Learning Cultures teachers to learn how they have created spaces in their classrooms for learning. Use the General Classroom Rubric as a guide to create a positive learning environment in your classroom.