The Classroom is the Third Teacher

 

Emma Butler, Head of Primary, Sotogrande International School. Head of Fundamentals Bilingual Ludoteca.

At Sotogrande International School (SIS) we believe in the importance of the learning environment. We understand its role and the impact it can have on helping a child make sense and develop his or her understanding of the world. Working with the students, SIS teachers carefully consider the type and style of classroom they need to create. Here are some of the questions which help guide our teachers…

How will the physical space be used to encourage students to challenge their own learning abilities and deepen their understanding?

Does the environment allow for the flexible use of space, materials and learning opportunities?

Does the environment convey a sense of wonder and encourage inquiry?  

Does the environment allow for students to have big ideas, share those ideas and then take action on the basis of those ideas?

Is the journey of the learning and the students thinking visible?

Are students able to take responsibility for their learning?

Does the environment offer experiences that heighten multi-sensory awareness?

So next time you visit your child’s classroom stand back and reflect on the learning environment created. Try to see it through a child’s eyes. How do you respond? Do you feel excited and inspired? Does the environment encourage choice, risk-taking and the open sharing of ideas?

When walking around Fundamentals Bilingual Ludoteca (The Early Childhood Centre: Sotogrande International School) or around our SIS Primary School, the positive impact of the classroom environment on the journey of a child’s learning is clearly evident.
Emma Butler, Head of Primary, Sotogrande International School. Head of Fundamentals Bilingual Ludoteca.

The Classroom is the Third Teacher

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