The classroom environment provides the foundation for all the learning that will take place in the school year. A pleasant, comfortable location with good organization, friendly interactions, and caring attention gives children their best chance to grow both personally and academically.
Whether this is your first year teaching or homeschooling, or your twentieth, you may find some helpful ideas in the following links
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“Getting to know you” tips for teachers and students
Starting a new schoolyear and meeting a new class group can be a challenge for both students and teachers. Get off to a good start with these free tips, activities and lesson plan ideas.
Scholastic.com’s “Getting to Know Your Students http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/getting-know-your-students
Educational Leadership’s “How to Get to Know Your Students” http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb12/vol69/num05/How-You-Get-to-Know-Your-Students.aspx
UALR’s Getting Acquainted Activitieshttp://www.ualr.edu/blstanford/id18.htm
Sugardoodle’s “Get to Know You Games”http://www.sugardoodle.net/Get%20to%20know%20you%20games
Good Character.com’s Friendship Lesson Planshttp://www.goodcharacter.com/YCC/BeingFriends.html
NAMC’s Friendship as a Theme in the Montessori Classroomhttp://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2013/06/focusing-on-desired-behavior-montessori-friendship-theme.html#.UfexiW3wb1A
NAMC gives advice on various behavioral problems. http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2013/05/behavioral-challenges-montessori-class-gluing.html#.UfezPm3wb1A
Classroom set-up and dynamics
These two articles present tips and techniques for creating a Montessori classroom, either in a traditional setting http://www.amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori/Montessori-Classrooms.aspx
Bright Hub Education describes some of the components of a positive learning environment.http://www.brighthubeducation.com/classroom-management/13907-creating-a-positive-learning-environment
Teaching with Cents has some cute and clever ideas for do-it-yourself classroom tools and organizers. http://teachingwithcents.com/7-tools-for-classroom-set-up-and-organization
Georgette Baker from Cantemos suggests a relaxation exercise for the classroom. http://www.amonco.org/creative01/montessori_fall1.pdf
It is always important to remind ourselves that children are individuals with their own learning styles and aptitudes. When we work with those natural tendencies and abilities, children flourish and growth is fostered.
For whole body learners, tactile-kinesthetics, and basketball lovers of all learning styles, Mariaemma from Coaching for Learning Success offers a fun basketball memorization game. http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf
Get off to a fresh, positive and organized start this year, and here’s to great relationships, great personal growth, and great academic progress!