Classroom Environment Plan
Designing a classroom where the environment is safe for the students and those providers who will be working with him or her will have adequate space, flexibility of surroundings, safety, and ease of access and mobility for both the students and providers is essential. The classroom environment for those students identified with learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities fosters positive educational and social growth by providing individual areas for students as well as establishing small group areas in an inviting environment. Attention to all styles of learning is sufficiently addressed through the uses of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic stimuli. In this reflection, an appropriate classroom environment plan will be highlighted relating to students with learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities in a high school setting and will be accompanied by a visual diagram of the actual set-up of our classroom through a graphic representation of the classroom attached as Appendix A. In order to establish a desirable classroom design for students with learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities (Kauffman, 2005), one of the first considerations would be to allow spaces for structured and non structured individual and small group instruction and activities Students need personal space to work independently with staff in a one-on-one setting, specifically if they are not cooperating, are hyperactive, are displaying limited self-control, or simply need to be alone for a brief period of time . In addition to providing for individual stations, several round tables are necessary which allow for small group interaction, thus, creating a sense of community and collaboration, are included in the classroom (Bos & Vaughn, 2006, p. 462-463). Moreover, the classroom should reflect an open floor concept through allowing adequate space between the individual and small group stations. Two round tables are located on one side of the room with...
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