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Simplifying our practice: The learning environment

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part four looks at your physical classroom environment including desks, displays and clutter


Your physical classroom environment is something that you may overlook, but the layout, the displays, and the things you have in the room can all have an impact on the learning and the attitudes of students.

Creating the right physical learning environment for your style of teaching is so important. Moreover, the physical environment can contribute to the creation of a safe and welcoming space for the students to learn – and this makes a lot of difference when it comes to engagement.

There are of course limitations to what you may be able to do, but you want to create a classroom environment that allows you to deliver what you need for your teaching as simply as possible.

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