Structuring the environment for students by Mariana Florea

The school environment needs to have a range of clearly defined areas to encourage inquiry, investigation, exploration and play, both indoors and outdoors. These may include spaces for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play and science, with a wide variety of appropriate resources in each.

Particularly for young students, interactions in and with these spaces stimulate them to become active learners. They need extended periods of time and as much space as possible to explore, investigate and play with a variety of materials in order to learn about themselves, other people and the world around them.

The learning environment provides opportunities for children to make choices and decisions, use materials in imaginative ways, ask questions, work collaboratively with others, develop understanding and sustain their interest.



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