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1/31/14 (1) Creating a Creative Classroom Environment

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Sarah Smith

on 31 December 2013

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Transcript of 1/31/14 (1) Creating a Creative Classroom Environment

• Aesthetically pleasing (why not have artwork in your classroom)
• Areas for large group, small group meetings, and both loud and quiet opportunities
• Displays of student work
• Opportunities for choice in the classroom with accessible and novel materials

Features of a Creative Classroom
Different Spaces
-Children benefit from a relaxed classroom environment that is built on respect.
-A positive, relaxed, and respectful atmosphere encourages students to take risks, try new things, and explain themselves.
-Individual differences are respected and appreciated.

The Classroom Atmosphere
Displays of Student Art
Creating a Creative Classroom Environment
Can you think of a few things that can make your classroom aesthetically pleasing?
Do you think the visual appeal of a classroom influences student learning?
Large Group Space
-foster a sense of community
-allow collaboration of ideas
-perfect areas for stories, songs, and projects

Give an example of how a teacher could use a large space to have students collaborate to form new ideas.
-allow students to work together on specific tasks
-allow meaningful communication
-provide space needed to carry out tasks to completion
- allow for collaboration and friendships

Small Group Spaces
Why are small group activities particularly good for an inclusive classroom?
How does collaboration change from a large group to a small group setting?
What are some examples of creative centers?

-encourage exuberance
-encourage active play and friendships

Loud Areas
-allow children thinking time
-allow children to concentrate
-allow children to process emotions

Quiet Areas
Draw a rough sketch of a classroom layout keeping loud and quiet areas in mind. What centers/ areas would work well as quiet centers? Loud centers? How can you separate the two areas?

- art and construction materials should be visible and easily accessible to use spontaneously
-independence in the classroom allows students to act upon their creative impulses
-providing novel materials forces the child to think in different ways and invent possibilities

Accessibility of Materials in Centers
1. Teachers can be hesitant to allow accessible art materials because of the mess. How can a teacher keep their classroom and students neat AND make art accessible?
2. What types of creative materials should be accessible?
1.How can daily creative experiences in the classroom help make a positive classroom atmosphere amongst students?
2. What are some reasons why students wouldn't be comfortable taking creative risks in a classroom?
3. Why is it important for students to be able to take creative risks?
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