by Tracey Wallace
Whether at school, work, or play, the environment has a huge impact on your experiences! Think about the last place you were when you had the “time of your life”! What made that experience so memorable? The people? The activities? The location? It can be said that it was not one thing, but a combination of elements. All of these factors came together to create the environment in which that experience took place.
Let’s take a closer look at the learning environment in school. Students have spent over 15,000 hours at school by the time they graduate. It is prudent to create environments which enhance ALL learners’ experiences so they will get the most out of them.
When someone says “learning environment,” most people think about physical space. While physical space is key, it is only part of the learning environment.The physical environment includes some of the easiest and quickest changes that can be made to promote student success. So let’s start there!
When someone says “learning environment,” most people think about physical space. While physical space is key, it is only part of the learning environment. Click To Tweet
The second key component of the learning environment is lesson design. Many schools have some form of lesson planning, but a healthy learning environment incorporates lesson design in the best-laid plans. Design creates a deeper level of understanding, addresses more than just academics, and presents students with authentic learning experiences.
Finally, connect the parts by implementing Life Ready Skills (LRS) best practices and track progress. Life Ready Skills are the threads woven throughout a learning environment to promote safety, challenge learners, foster growth, and celebrate success, at school and in LIFE!
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