Throughout the elementary classrooms of Davidson County, teachers are striving to provide an inviting classroom environment that supports and promotes student thinking. By organizing our physical space and room arrangement with intention, teachers can provide an environment that is interesting and authentic for student learning.
-Adapted from Teaching With Intention, by Debbie Miller
Walls that Teach:
"Making Thinking Visible, Public, and Permanent"
From: Debbie Miller, Thinking with Intention
Classrooms should be filled with visible print that is attractive, meaningful, and authentic. Comprehension strategies are clearly posted, as well as examples of student work showing how they have applied the strategies. The walls reflect the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
Bulletin boards are tools for learning rather than for decoration purposes. Boards should be displays of anchor charts, authentic student work, or other displays of student thinking. Evidence of student writing is evident and developed across the curriculum.
Throughout the schools, walls should reflect the learning that is taking place across the content areas. Instruction needs to be focused and purposeful. A visitor should feel a sense of purpose and industry when walking through the school environment.
Source: Spotlight on Comprehension by Linda Hoyt
"What You See in a Thoughtful Classroom" pages 73-75
Community Gathering Place Areas for
Small and Large Groups
A large group meeting area with a carpet provides a place where students can come together as a community of learners for focus strategy lessons, interactive read alouds, discussions, and sharing.
Small group meeting areas should be clearly visible. These areas can be used for a variety of purposes throughout the day, including teacher directed small-group strategy instruction, literature cirlces, or anytime students need to work together for a specific purpose.
Teachers may refer to the Environmental Survey (attachment below) developed by Linda Hoyt and the Professional Development Network for the Davidson County Schools Strategic Literacy Project.