The classroom environment is purposefully planned from the moment students and families walk through the front door to support the Headstart/Preschool Classroom mission that “college begins at Headstart”. Personalized learning is organized through large group, purposeful learning centers, and space for individualized instructional learning activities. In this video, Sophia Dubreuil will introduce you to the “why, what, and how” she and her Teaching Associate, Ms. June, organize the classroom for young children and how she designs it to be student-centered to maximize student emotional safety and purposeful learning through play. The classroom’s centers facilitate the learning application through adult-supported/individual learning as well as peer-to-peer investigation, exploration, and seizes on opportunities to enhance the “fun” of learning.
Pay special attention to how the classroom’s environment and learning activities are organized to 1) support student ownership of classroom routines, 2) individual student choice, 3) visually enhance independent and student-to-student ownership of learning, and 4) large group adaptations through preferential and alternative seating, student-interest aligned activities, and language needs (2e-Organizing Physical Environment: There is total alignment between the learning activities and the physical environment; Distinguished).