Rand (2011) narrates “I just finished teaching a graduate course in which the
students each visited six different early childhood classrooms.” When the said
students gave accounts to the class about what was motivating and what have they
learned from the classrooms respectively, physical atmosphere has been regularly
talked about – both in an affirmative and adverse aspect. It is quite a
challenge since there is are only limited things that educators have control on,
yet it has a massive influence on youths’ performance. In Rand’s observations
on the teaching space, he had noted one of the immense problems in the assembly
area. He had cited some of his recommendations to avert behavioral complications
in the course of cluster times, and to help these children stay involved.
Here, Rand (2011) suggested these
steps to consider: first, there must be Enough Space. He
attested we should not let a small thing limit our area for learning. Rand mentioned
that he had seen students which were so ear each other and they couldn’t help
but touch their arms with another. He also stated that he had seen preschoolers
which suffer from lack of available space for mobility. It must be a hard time telling
how big of a circle needs to be done to let the children sit beside each other
without crowding too much and be able to still see the person leading the class.
Creativity is indeed important in considering venues which wouldn’t let the
learning won’t suffer because of the crowded situation. He personally prefer
learners to stay at the edges of the room instead of sitting in rows.
Then, have a personal space.
Rand tells his readers to be fully aware ad conscious of their learner’s
personal spaces. The use of carpet squares with patterns and other related
things to these can help in keeping the child informed of his/her own space.
Proper and regular implementation will serve as a big help in addressing this
Third, provide teaching materials. The
learning space must provide space adequate for the things a learner should
necessarily possess: ballpen, paper, eraser, board, and other related things. It
must be clear on their part which working space is theirs to avoid confusions.
Finally, have consistent procedures. It
is reasonable to let these kids be getting a chair during discussions, but
providing them with it needs thorough decision disciplined instruction to not
suffer from its possible effect on the child’s part. This includes the
possibility of them finding a chair to sit on as you need everyone to work on
the floor. (Rand, 2011)