Student-Centered Learning Environment
The classroom is a living space in which students must have a sense of pride, ownership, and responsibility. In my classroom, two key considerations are accessibility and community: I create a learning environment in which students have access to materials and spaces needed to work cooperatively, build social skills, and practice Spanish. Through calm lighting, pleasant smells, and a general sense of tidiness, I design my classroom around students' cognitive and neurological needs in order to promote a a sense of comfortableness in the classroom.
Community Building through Cooperative Learning
Seating that promotes cooperative grouping (above) allows students to collaborate to achieve academic objectives and practice Spanish in small-group activities. I work individually with each group to build relationships.
Student work samples are displayed (left) for parent visits and building student confidence! These final assessments show progress toward unit goals.
Before each lesson, students review and discuss an objective (below) written in Spanish. We then connect this to our big goal of building communication skills in Spanish!