(2011) states that “I just finished teaching a graduate course in which the
students each visited six different early childhood classrooms. When they gave
reports to the class about what was interesting and what they learned from each
of the classrooms, the physical environment was the most frequently mentioned –
in both positive and negative ways. The physical environment is quite a
challenge because there is only so much that a teacher can change, yet it has
an enormous effect on children’s behavior. In my own observations of
classrooms, I’ve noticed that one of the big problems is the group meeting
area. Here are some of my suggestions for preventing behavior problems during
group time, and helping children stay engaged.”
Here, Rand (2011) suggested these
steps to consider: first, there must be Enough Space. He
attested we should not let a small thing limit our area for learning. Rand mentioned
that he had seen students which were so ear each other and they couldn’t help
but touch their arms with another. He also stated that he had seen preschoolers
which suffer from lack of available space for mobility. It must be a hard time telling
how big of a circle needs to be done to let the children sit beside each other
without crowding too much and be able to still see the person leading the class.
Creativity is indeed important in considering venues which wouldn’t let the
learning won’t suffer because of the crowded situation. He personally prefer
learners to stay at the edges of the room instead of sitting in rows.
Then, have a personal space.
Rand tells his readers to be fully aware ad conscious of their learner’s
personal spaces. The use of carpet squares with patterns and other related
things to these can help in keeping the child informed of his/her own space.
Proper and regular implementation will serve as a big help in addressing this
Third, provide teaching materials. The
learning space must provide space adequate for the things a learner should
necessarily possess: ballpen, paper, eraser, board, and other related things. It
must be clear on their part which working space is theirs to avoid confusions.
Finally, have consistent procedures. It
is reasonable to let these kids be getting a chair during discussions, but
providing them with it needs thorough decision disciplined instruction to not
suffer from its possible effect on the child’s part. This includes the
possibility of them finding a chair to sit on as you need everyone to work on
the floor. (Rand, 2011)