The evidence is pictures of my classroom. My classroom is warm, homey, and inviting. I worked especially hard to create a space where children want to be and where they feel accepted for who they are. I have lots of plants, primary colors and about 15 Lego sets. In addition, I do not use the overhead fluorescent lights, I use lamps instead. And I frequently have my pet rats, Luna and Pepper, in their cage in my room. Any student that comes into my room comments on how much they like it, as do many adults that come into my room.
How Does This Demonstrate Proficiency of the Standard?
- By creating a safe space, I am fostering a positive and nurturing relationship with the students who enter my room (element A).
- By being aware of lighting, noise and limiting other distractions, I am varying the environment for various needs (element D).
- By having many things in my room that interest children, I am engaging with those students on a more personal level, one that highlights interests and strengths (element C).
- By having rules and procedures discussed, pointed out, and referenced, I am creating an environment where students know the expectations and know how to follow them (element F).