Learning Environment

Environment: The Third Teacher

Learning Environment: Summary

A learning environment encompasses multiple learning spaces–built and natural, outdoor and in, formal and informal.

Students actively participate in the design and co-construction of learning spaces including the learning opportunities that occur within those spaces.

Learning spaces are flexible, inviting, and engaging.

Learning spaces affect and reflect values and beliefs about learning by

    • Promoting learning processes in which children are engaging with another and with objects of interest, exploring in a focused manner, constructing and representing understandings.

    • Communicating the identities of the children and the image of the child.

    • Inviting children to take multiple perspectives and make multiple connections

    • Promoting a sense of well-being in everyone

    • supporting a constructivist and social-constructivist (Vygotsky 1978) approach to learning and teaching.

    • Being multifunctional, emphasizing personalization of learning, promoting independence and engagement.

Source: ibo.org | We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in an Urban Setting. p. 84.

Samples of Early Childhood Classroom Environments

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