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Environment & Setting

    In this area there are articles that relate to the impact of the physical environment on student learning. Articles might address the difference between having the teacher's desks at the front of the room or on the side; desks in rows or grouped; access to computers in the classroom versus in a lab; open architecture for the classroom versus closed; asphalt playground versus grass; urban classroom versus suburban.

  • Arranging the Physical Environment of the Classroom to Support Teaching/Learning
    Part of a series on highly effective practices.
  • Classroom Climate
    Establishing a positive classroom climate enhances academic achievement and helps to promote appropriate classroom behaviour.
  • Classroom Environment Characteristics for Enhancement of Critical Thinking
    A classroom based study was accomplished by Judy Ruland while a faculty member at Hartwick College, in Oneonta NY. Four hundred first-year college students in this small liberal arts college were pre- and post-tested at the beginning and end of fall term using the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.
  • Classroom Organization
    Here are some simple guidelines to help you make your classroom teacher, learner, and community friendly.
  • Creating a Learner-Centered Environment
    The environment we create for our students is equally as important as the content we teach and the learning strategies we use. This applies to all teachers of all age groups from preschool to graduate school.
  • Enhancing Students' Socialization
    ERIC Digest ED 395713 (1996) Author: Jere Brophy Research on effective practices associated with working with diverse learners in classrooms.
  • Establishing a Supportive Classroom Environment
    Classes with a positive emotional climate are characterized by a sense of connection, curiosity, and intellectual excitement. However, other classes experience a pervasive sense of negativity among students, overt hostility expressed by many people in the course, or resistance to completing assignments or participating.
  • How Classroom Conversation Can Support Student Achievement
    For a fuller version of this article as well as the other feature of successful classrooms, go to
  • Physical Setting
    The set up of the classroom depends upon the teaching style of the teacher, learning styles of the student, and the type of teaching system used.
  • Seating and Room Arrangement
    Excerpted from the LEARN North Carolina Beginning Teacher Handbook.
  • Setting Up Your Classroom
    Classroom setup can dramatically affect students' attitudes toward and habits of learning. Students need an environment that is organized, stimulating, and comfortable in order to learn effectively.
    Cooperative learning can be summarized as “the instructional use of small groups so that the students work together to maximize their own and each other’s learning.” Cooperative learning groups proliferate in every educational setting, regardless of the age or educational level of the students present. In cooperative learning situations, there is a “positive interdependence among students’ goal attainments; students perceive that they can reach their learning goals if and only if the other students in the learning group also reach their goals.” The NBCTs in these video clips have chosen to use cooperative learning groups to meet specific content goals.
  • The Psychological Atmosphere We Create in Our Classrooms
    An essay by Adrian Underhill that models thinking out loud about one's beliefs about learners, learning, and the role of the teacher in assisting learning.
  • The Social Significance of Patterns of Questioning in Classroom Discourse
    An essay on the effect of status differential in classroom talk.
  • Using Technology to Enhance the Classroom Environment
    This January 2002 feature article from the THE Jounral gives advice on classroom set-ups, etc.
  • What Did You Say? Using Nonverbal Communication to Improve Teacher Effectiveness
    As much as 93% of all communication is non-verbal, suggesting that teachers can increase their effectiveness with careful attention to the unspoken as well as spoken messages they convey to students.

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