St. Patrick's Teachers studying the creation of learning-friendly environments
The teachers at St. Patrick’s School are proud to identify two new teachers Diane Bowes and Jessica Veenbaas who have taken on the challenge of learning “environmental strategies” that will help students better regulate their classroom behaviour.
“If the learning environment is calm, organized, and purposefully planned by the educator, then the student will be able to maintain their learning focus for a longer, more desirable period of time,” is how they describe the rationale for the project.
This approach is gaining in popularity and acceptance, mostly because it has been found to be very effective. Simple things can make a real difference - lower lighting levels, background sounds, keeping the classroom clutter-free, adopting ‘strategic’ seating, increasing the number of transitions in the school day, having sensory-based items in the classroom, using a theme-based décor, etc.