Monday, 7 September 2015

Our 2015 Learning Environment!

We are so excited about another year in Room 122! 

We have worked hard to set up our classroom environment to be a 'third teacher' for our students. Susan Fraser states, “A classroom that is functioning successfully as a third teacher will be responsive to the children’s interests, provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.” (Capacity Building Series, (2012, p. 67)) The materials we put out have been specifically chosen to engage and challenge our students. Throughout the first few weeks, we will be observing how the students interact with the environment and adjusting things as necessary. We want our students to independently explore the classroom environment, which provides opportunities for literacy and mathematics in every area.

Our math area
Lots of open-ended materials for students to explore which encourage exploration in all math strands.
Shape provocation

Patterning provocation
Number provocation
Our building centre
Open ended materials to encourage creativity. Paper is available for the students to sketch or write about their structures.
Family wall-- as parents are the first teacher of the children they deserve a place in our class and this allows the students to see their families during the day.

Wonder window 

Writing area 
Lots of choice for templates available for students' writing.
Word books to support writing.

Lots of writing tools available for the students to promote independence when writing.
Our daily writing wall awaiting students' work.
Art materials for the students and professional resources for educators.
Letter, sight word and name provocations. 

Our self-regulated snack table
Drama centre-- we chose to set it up as a home for September, as this is something familiar for all students.

We are really looking forward to the year ahead!

"Every child is a different kind of flower. Altogether they make the world a beautiful garden."


  1. Love your room layout. Your classroom appears to be larger than most rooms in YRDSB schools. Can I ask where you purchased your wooden letters and the plastic ones you glued to the tongue depressors?

    1. Thanks! Our room is the normal size but pictures can be deceiving ;). The wooden letters are from Dollerama and the ones glued to the depressors are letter beads, I forget where we got them.

  2. Hi Jennifer - Your environment is absolutely inspiring! I'm so happy to see a classroom where the child is trusted to make decisions on his or her own learning. Such wonderful invitations to create and learn. Best - Amy