thinking about the third teacher

It’s at this time of the summer that I begin thinking about how to arrange the classroom.  I have set up many classrooms over the years and each time, it feels like a new beginning. Having been inspired by the Reggio approach, I began to re-think how children used the spaces within the classroom, and last year, I began to make a few changes.  Now that I’ve changed schools, I feel a new sense of excitement and possibility.  An added bonus this year is the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with a Designated Early Childhood Educator. The slate is wiped clean and it’s time to think about how to begin to create an inviting space that encourages inquiry, problem-solving and choice, allowing the environment to become the third teacher…stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “thinking about the third teacher

  1. I am an Early Childhood Educator, it feels nice to hear that teachers are welcoming the new Early Childhood Educators to the room. And to another bonus it that it is starting to become clear that the classroom environment is also a teacher. The way space is lade out is also a very important factor to consider since children spend most of their time there; the classroom should be a welcoming and an educating environment. 😀

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