A good teacher inspires learning. But each classroom has another teacher, often overlooked, that has the potential to dramatically increase or decrease learning opportunities as well.
Often referred to as “the third teacher,” the environment can have a powerful effect on both behavior and learning. “When you walk into a well-designed classroom you see children constructively engaged and teachers busy observing, facilitating, and challenging the children,” writes Amy Sussna Klein. “The environment supports all this by assuming several of the responsibilities we typically associate with teachers.”
Careful attention to these essentials reduces the time teachers must spend maintaining safety and order. This frees up time for valuable interactions with children, ultimately increasing learning.
How do you set up an environment that teaches? Read the article: “The Power of Purposeful Preschool Environments.”