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Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Learning Environment as the Third Teacher

    The work in the EYFS Unit reminded me of the notion of the Environment as the Third Teacher.

    Watch out for a future training event I’m planning with Nechells+ EAZ on Learning Environments.

    I have always wanted to make my classroom my own and as a new teacher would spend hours arranging and rearranging the furniture to make sure it felt right and worked for me and the class I had at the time (this trait continued through my career much to the frustration of people I worked with at times....I loved the four day challenge in my previous post!

    Since then I have been fortunate enough to be able to explore this further and develop my understanding of why creating a learning environment is so important and why we need to spend time reflecting on our environments inside and outside.

    The Reggio approach places a heavy emphasis on creating aesthetically pleasing spaces for young children, where their work can shine out, their learning documented and history traced. They talk about the environment as the third teacher, with parent and teacher as the first two!


    If you want to find out more here’s one link to get you thinking...

    Making Your Environment “The Third Teacher”


    Playbased learning is an Australian site with loads of good ideas about everything....this link is to blog about setting up your classroom for a new school year...

    A New Year is about to begin


    And a link to a teacher’s blog reflecting on Enabling Environments...

    Enabling Environments

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