Teacher Performance Expectations #2:
Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments
Create learning environments (i.e., traditional, blended, and online) that promote productive student learning, encourage positive interactions among students, reflect diversity and multiple perspectives, and are culturally responsive.
Creating an Effective Classroom Environment through Structure
Artifact 2.1 - Creating Structure through Classroom Design
Artifact 2.2 - U of R Socially Distanced Classroom Design
I chose Artifact 2.1 to demonstrate how we can create inclusive learning environments that promote productive learning and structure through Classroom Design. The physical layout of a classroom also encourages positive student-student and teacher-student interactions. Another benefit is how UDL also creates the path for smooth transitions, which is shown to prevent disruptive behavior. It is helpful to arrange the desks and furniture in the classroom so that students can been seen and monitored at all times.
Through UDL, I learned that healthy classroom environments enable students to feel safe and it is that safety that invites learning. It is important to create rules for an effective physical classroom structure, such as defining traffic patterns to allow movement without disrupting others and communicating routines, procedures, and norms. One way to achieve this is through organization—label all materials; & organize them to ensure they are easily accessible when needed.
Artifact 2.2 was created by Dr. Nicol Howard for the University of Redlands during the pandemic to provide Socially Distanced Classrooms. For more information please visit www.NicholHoward.com