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7 Tips For Creating Positive Classroom Learning Spaces

Updated on August 8, 2014
Even the color tones in a classroom matter when creating harmony among students.
Even the color tones in a classroom matter when creating harmony among students. | Source

If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. —Bill Gates

Great teachers design classrooms fostering collaboration to establish a sense of belonging in students. Students gain knowledge readily when the school room transmits warmth, beauty, and promotes harmony. Students learn best in environments permitting movement, give accessibility to learning tools, and promote student thinking and creativity.

Even with limited material and equipment, a teacher can create a classroom environment to meet the purpose of instruction while cultivating a community of engaged learners.


Making A Presence Known

Whether you choose to be up front or minimize your presence, student learning is affected by a teacher's work area. Keep it organized and inviting.
Whether you choose to be up front or minimize your presence, student learning is affected by a teacher's work area. Keep it organized and inviting. | Source

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Command Central

Every year teachers face the task of constructing a classroom layout to meet their teaching goals and to equip students with the learning spaces needed to enhance the curriculum. It may seem a simple goal; however, as any teacher can attest, it is an organic process. Unrefined even until the minute the school bell rings and children walk through the door on day one.

A primary focus in any classroom design is the teacher's work area: command central. When planning your layout, consider how you view your role in the classroom. Do you prefer to view students as they work from the back of the room? Do you believe your presence should be visible to the students at all times? I know some teachers who tote a shoulder bag or briefcase and instruct their students from a single high chair placed up front. Whatever your teaching style, your work area must fulfill your needs but also correlate with student learning processes within the room.

As the teacher's desk is the center or hub of the classroom, be sure to keep it tidy and organized. Less is best when it comes to keeping items on top of your desk. Students turn in lots of work and having a space for them to place their paperwork will help you keep things in order. Plus, you send a message to each child on management when you can easily locate teaching tools or material on your desk for instruction.


Thinking Spaces

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Placing a small couch, a couple of throw pillows, and a small table in a corner creates a positive learning space for individuals or small groups. A single comfy chair that swivels can be just the thinking space a child needs to process information. Some students are more focused when relaxed.  This setting at the front of the room is calming yet effective space for listening to instruction.
Placing a small couch, a couple of throw pillows, and a small table in a corner creates a positive learning space for individuals or small groups.
Placing a small couch, a couple of throw pillows, and a small table in a corner creates a positive learning space for individuals or small groups. | Source
A single comfy chair that swivels can be just the thinking space a child needs to process information.
A single comfy chair that swivels can be just the thinking space a child needs to process information. | Source
Some students are more focused when relaxed.  This setting at the front of the room is calming yet effective space for listening to instruction.
Some students are more focused when relaxed. This setting at the front of the room is calming yet effective space for listening to instruction.

Fostering Collaboration

Cooperative Spaces

Today's children learn best when the classroom environment allows for the diversity of learning modes and styles. Let's face it, our children are greatly influenced by multimedia and their brains process information differently than when we did years ago. A good teacher will understand these differences and provide learning spaces to meet these challenges.

A teacher needs to consider how to provide for the different learning modes to ensure the content standards are met. Providing for those who learn best, for example, by talking (oral), through listening (aural), touching (tactile), or visually can test the best of instructors. Additionally, educators must take into account how learning styles of children can be stimulated through classroom environment.

Small group spaces can help those who need to process information or analyze content in order to grasp the problem or to form a solution. Although learning styles are developmental, teachers can help current learning styles by giving them the freedom to move within the classroom setting to think or talk things out with others.

All of these considerations must be evaluated and incorporated into the layout of the school room, as much as possible, so that children focus on learning while creating a sense of community as they interact.

Focal Points

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Colorful decor can bring warmth and a sense of harnony into a classroom.  Choose a theme that will help students connect with the learning.  Here a string of huge paper flowers enhanced the study of plant life.  Math teachers can use décor to define purpose and help students focus on the curriculum.
Colorful decor can bring warmth and a sense of harnony into a classroom.
Colorful decor can bring warmth and a sense of harnony into a classroom. | Source
Choose a theme that will help students connect with the learning.  Here a string of huge paper flowers enhanced the study of plant life.
Choose a theme that will help students connect with the learning. Here a string of huge paper flowers enhanced the study of plant life.
Math teachers can use décor to define purpose and help students focus on the curriculum.
Math teachers can use décor to define purpose and help students focus on the curriculum.

Creating Harmony and Balance

So your room's color this year is a putrid green with mind-numbing brown accents. Color affects how we think and react, especially true for children within a school classroom. Finding ways to change the focal point when color is a factor will only help to promote peace and personal enjoyment in your room.

An instructor of mine once told me that a classroom should make you smile when you pass through the doorway. At first glance, a school room conveys its purpose and transmits a level of comfort to a student. It's kin to the feeling your get on Christmas morning when you see the tree lights twinkling, presents brightly wrapped, and smell sugar cookies baking in the oven. Your classroom should invoke a sense of heightened tranquility to the mind of a child.

Here are a few room décor tips:

  • Shop consignment shops for brightly color scarves, material, photos that can be displayed as a theme.
  • Have students create art complimenting your curriculum. Hang them from the ceiling or in front of windows.
  • Ask permission to paint an accent wall in your room to pull student focus from the mundane environment
  • Paint a mural on one wall. Engage students in the process.



The World At A Glance

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Posting the week's lesson or theme will maximize the learning in your classroom. A calendar can be used to post homework assignements, highlight special events, and to help students keep track of daily activity.
Posting the week's lesson or theme will maximize the learning in your classroom.
Posting the week's lesson or theme will maximize the learning in your classroom. | Source
A calendar can be used to post homework assignements, highlight special events, and to help students keep track of daily activity.
A calendar can be used to post homework assignements, highlight special events, and to help students keep track of daily activity.

Learning Spaces Empower Learning

Keeping on Schedule

I have been accused of being obsessive when it comes to organization. Due to my needing to know what is coming up and how to plan, I have given my poor hubby a few headaches now and then. I can relate to the child who consistently asks for deadlines on homework or must have the overall view of a project before beginning to work. Such a learner can become a distraction to others in the classroom setting.

What to do? Educators can help students keep on track and accountable by posting weekly schedules, calendars, learning priorities, and rules hung where students can easily view them. Consider using different colored paper or posters for each day of the week. This enables students to zero in on the day's activities at a glance. It also promotes independent study.

Remember to use print that is attractive, visible and meaningful. The goal is to help organize student learning processes in and out of the classroom, meaning homework assignments are posted on a timely basis. It is important you cover the purpose, use and rules of posted schedules with your students in order to ensure successful learning experiences.

Accessibility

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Bins hung on a wall function well for holding important forms, paperwork that is due,  or as extra credit work. A central location for holding papers, forms, and homework will help students become accountable and independent.
Bins hung on a wall function well for holding important forms, paperwork that is due,  or as extra credit work.
Bins hung on a wall function well for holding important forms, paperwork that is due, or as extra credit work. | Source
A central location for holding papers, forms, and homework will help students become accountable and independent.
A central location for holding papers, forms, and homework will help students become accountable and independent.

The Tools of The Trade

Because children learn at different rates, a good teacher will allow students to work at their individual level of comfort. As mentioned previously, learning styles vary and keeping curriculum schedules posted enables students to work at their own pace and keeps them accountable. If a child knows what is expected of him, he can be empowered to apply himself to the content and follow through with the results independently.

An effective method building such independence is to establish an area in your room making all necessary forms and materials accessible to students. Consider mounting bins on a wall to hold missed quizzes, homework due, calendars, extra credit or practice papers. Children are apt to establsih a sense of confidence if they know the tools they need are within reach.

Center Stage

Imagine the excitement seeing this prop as the teacher discussed a project on traveling countries around the world.
Imagine the excitement seeing this prop as the teacher discussed a project on traveling countries around the world. | Source

Highlighting A Topic of Interest

There are times a teacher desires to emphasize certain learning concepts or a central theme in the curriculum. I have resorted to puppets, story telling, role play, special guests, and other creative methods to attract student attention and increase learning retention. It is fun for me and the students to step out of the normal routine to provide a creative learning experience.

Traditionally, instructors assign individual or group projects on a subject to increase the learning experience. Much of the work is done by the students and as they research learning is taking place. Reports generated can be shared orally with the class as a final step.

To take it a step further, with the growth of technology students have access to a wide variety of media to produce a creative final production. Consider having students make a video of their project or make a movie highlighting a main point.

Students can help setup props at the front of the classroom to increase interest in doing project work. This works to build anticipation in students. The daily presence of the props keeps the assignment top of mind and promotes learning activity.

Building Community

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Capturing student awards and accomplishments on a central bulletin board promotes a positive sense of belonging. Display student art work up front to create recognition among peers.  Have students create a mural or gallery of expressive art to highlight their individuality while promoting community.
Capturing student awards and accomplishments on a central bulletin board promotes a positive sense of belonging.
Capturing student awards and accomplishments on a central bulletin board promotes a positive sense of belonging. | Source
Display student art work up front to create recognition among peers.
Display student art work up front to create recognition among peers.
Have students create a mural or gallery of expressive art to highlight their individuality while promoting community.
Have students create a mural or gallery of expressive art to highlight their individuality while promoting community.

Thoughts on Community

  • When I help, I am aware of my strength and of others' weaknesses... fixing is a form of judgement. It implies something is broken and creates a distance, a disconnection. We can only serve that which we are profoundly connected to. —Sam Daley-Harris, Director of Results
  • I believe that serving and being served are reciprocal and that one cannot really be one without the other.— Albert Camus, philosopher and writer
  • What are you doing for others? —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., minister, civil rights leader
  • As iron sharpens Iron. so one person sharpens another. —Book of Proverbs, 27:17
  • One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. —Margaret Mead, anthropologist
  • A different world cannot be built by indifferent people. —Peter Marshall
  • What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? —George Eliot, writer




Developing A Village of Learners

Starting on day one, students begin to establish community in the classroom. Acceptance, accountability, worth are emerging concepts setting unspoken rules within the social learning environment. In the present day, children struggle morally and too often self governed classroom societal boundaries are deficient of appropriate social behavior. It is the teacher's privilege to establish early on a sense of community in students leading to a mutually shared mission of learning.

A common practice I use in my college classes is to involve the students in listing classroom etiquette and policy. Since they are the ones who write the guidelines, few rules are broken. In order for students to feel a part of the group, I advice teachers to enlist students of all ages to help form classroom policy from the start.

Posting student acclamations and accomplishments on a bulletin board tells a child she is valued. Ask children to keep you updated on their extra curricular activities and to bring in any photos, news clippings, or ribbons they may receive in recognition of their talent. As they are posted, have class discussions detailing the reward and encourage students to voice their well wishes to the recipient. Since it is a village of learners, posting at least one accomplishment for each child is a must.

Classroom seating arrangements, when possible, can be used to foster a community environment. Set chairs in pods of four to five to help students connect and study as a group. Tables instead of desks is another useful approach to helping students value unity in learning. Groups of two to three at a table can be constructive when it comes to students helping each other with their studies.

The most important lesson learned through community is respect for each other. Children adapt to diversity of thought through sharing of values and they learn to handle conflict through effective positive social skills. Community in classrooms is designed to develop applicable knowledge usable beyond the four walls of education.

© 2014 Dianna Mendez

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    • ologsinquito profile image

      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Those of us who aren't teachers should appreciate all that goes into running a good classroom. I have immense respect for teachers, because I know it's a very difficult job, especially in these times.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ologsinquito, it is the passion of teaching and love of children that keeps teachers so focused. Good to see you today. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Teaches, you put some deep thought into this article. Hope other teachers will learn from you. I applaud you and all the other loyal life-builders who put so much effort into the noble work you do.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I think you are on the mark with your statement "loyal life-builders"; teachers are committed to empowering children with good values that go beyond the classroom. Thank you for adding value to the content with your comment. Enjoy your day, sweet lady. God bless.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't forget you, Dianna. I've just had a hard time getting here. Busy day and all that. As a former classroom teacher, I can tell others who read this that this is valuable information. Setting up the room is an important consideration at the start of the year. It's one of those little things that don't seem terribly important, but can come back to bite you in the behind if not done properly.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      Parents now have a tendency to look for good schools for their children. Unless follow up practice at home is not properly done the taught will not attain the desired success. The teachers have the great responsibility of inculcating the ideals in the students and they should involve the parents as well Thank you for the useful tips for proper learning.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      Corrigendum

      Kindly ignore not inadvertently inserted in the sentence- Unless follow up practice at home is not properly done…….

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      In my day, it was the Catholic school and the public school. Who can say which one was better than the other. My mother thought having a nun teach us was better than a lay teacher. My grandmother thought a lay teacher was more worldly and therefore more qualified. lol All I know is I got through it. I can remember every week before Labor Day watching my sister (the only teacher in our family) run to the center city stationary store and getting supplies to set up her classroom, making sure there was enough of each item so no child would be without. She decorated the bulletin boards and things always looked nice, but just "nice." Nothing like what you show in this wonderful article. I have to tell you, my teachers didn't put too much thought into how the classroom "looks" after seeing to it that it was clean. I know my sister was more concerned with supplies, desk placement and seating charts. I loved going to school, changing classes, learning, etc. But I wish my teachers had put half as much thought into the aesthetics and maybe then some of my classes wouldn't have been so boring. Great article, voted up!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wonderful tips to make a teacher's job easier and better learning for students too!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Bill, the layout is the foundation for a great school year. It does take time to get it just right. Hope you get things done today and enjoy your weekend.

      Arun, your add on parent involvement is key. They can help so much.

      Rachel, I remember those classroom dAys- functional. Today's kids need a little more variety. What matters is the good results in the end. Take care and thanks for your valuable comment.

      Rebecca, it is the students who benefit from preparation the most. You are always a good support to me. Hope your day is going well.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Strange isn't it how even as tiny children we know who are the best teachers and it doesn't have to be the most lenient. The worst school year I ever had was the only one I spent going to a city school. The kids misbehaved continually and although the teacher often screwed up his face and told them off they just laughed at him and nothing changed. I doubt anyone could learn in a class like that. I was never so glad to finish a year!

      You have very good points and direction in how you managed things. It takes a really special person to be a great teacher and I would be on you. ^+

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Interesting to read all about classrooms. I have very little to do with schools because all our grandchildren are living on different continents, but I do know how much trouble my daughter in the UK goes through to find the best public high school for my granddaughter. So far she has been paying huge fees to a private school, but that is now not anymore possible. Many parents in SA are choosing home schooling, because our education is not anymore what it use to be. I'm very grateful not to have those worries anymore.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Dianna, reading this brought back really vivid memories for me. Setting out the classroom in your way reminded me of my time at school, grey grey and even grey! And yet, i can remember my first day in school, and the classroom layout, why? because of all the colors and charts on the walls, the amazing boxes laid out for us to explore and learn, and yes it really stuck with me and made me learn, great hub, voted up and shared! nell

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Jackie, so sorry the one year was such a nightmare. Wish all kids had positive learning experiences. Thanks for sharing from your past to add value to the content.

      Nadine, I hope your daughter finds a good alternative for education. Yes, online schools are on the increase. Enjoy your evening.

      Nell, glad you had some positive memories about school. It does shape our future ideals about learning. I thank you for the awesome support.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      What a wonderful hub here full of insight as to what goes into making the classroom just right for learning and a place where children want to be without hesitation.

      You are an excellent teacher. My oldest granddaughter is now in the 1st grade, and I was asking my son about her teacher. She said she likes her teacher. I am relieved.

      You are obviously very organized and care deeply about the children's learning environment. There are always those few teaches we will never forget who made a great impact on our lives, and I believe many will always remember you as one of their best teachers.

      Voted up +++ tweeted and pinned

      Have a great year!

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      urstrulee 2 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great ideas in this hub! It is so refreshing to know some teachers are aware each child learns diffrently.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Faith, a good teacher knows how to reach each child. Sounds like your granddaughter has such a teacher. Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy your weekend. Blessings!

      Urstrulee, teachers must plan lessons to reach the diverse learning styles in a class so that concepts are retained. You have the right idea on this point. I appreciate your add to this topic. Have a great weekend.

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      Reynante Villareal 2 years ago from toronto canada

      This hub is very helpful. Very interesting hub. Keep it up! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Facts, thAnk you for the comment and support. May your day be blessed.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and very useful tips. Your methods will help children to feel at ease in the classroom and will help to make learning a wonderful experience. You are an excellent teacher who cares deeply about her students. Voted way up.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Vellur, I always enjoy your presence on a post. Your words are encouraging. May you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Very nice and informative hub. Must be read by the school managements.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub for those in the job of teaching amd even others!

      A teacher must lead by example and create a positive atmosphere for learning. Teachers do influence in the character building of the students besides the parents.

      Very useful suggestions and I am sure your students must be admiring you. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Kristi Tipps-Deutsch 2 years ago from Colorado Springs

      I so appreciate your hub! So many teachers miss how important it is to consciously create an environment for learning that is beautiful, inspiring, and comforting, as well as efficient and practical. You covered so many important and useful points! Thank you for your unique and helpful perspective!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Sanjay, glad you found the topic interesting. I tend to get too passionate about providing children with the best of education. Best wishes for a great day.

      ChitrangadaSharon, parents are a child's first teacher, then the educator helps reinforce knowledge. Thanks for your add to this concept. Blessings!

      Stardust, a classroom can mimic the comforts of home to encourage learning. Your thoughts are valued here. Hope you are having a good day.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Another wonderful and informative hub Dianna. I so respect all that you teachers do for our children.

      When I was in school, I always liked when the classroom looked vibrant and comfortable. It helped me open my mind better than classrooms that were dull. Thanks again for a great article on creating positive classroom learning space.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Well hello, Minnetonka! I too am a visual learner and enjoy it when a classroom has interesting spaces that actually promote learning. Thanks for your contribution here today. Enjoy your the rest of your weekend, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You should be teaching teachers! Up, useful, interesting and awesome.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I never realized how much work goes into setting up a classroom until just last week when my neighbor, who teaches third grade, showed me all the projects she is working on to decorate her classroom for the upcoming school year. She's picked out a bright, fun color scheme that I'm sure will inspire her students' creativity. They are lucky to have her.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Breakfast pop, you are so kind. Just hoping this post helps someone out there. Hope you had a good weekend.

      Deborah, it sounds like your neighbor is an organized teacher- -the best always are! Take care.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      These are great ideas! I am especially glad that you mentioned the use of multi-sensory materials in the classroom. There are many students that have a difficult time learning unless the information is given in a variety of ways. It makes learning enjoyable for all those in the classroom when teaching is done with more than paper and pencil!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Denise, it is amazing how much our senses play into our ability to learn. Teachers strive to meet the needs of all learners through a variety of methods. Thanks for bringing this perspective to the discussion. Be well and stay safe.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Very important points made here. We've all seen a lot of classrooms, but the ones with the hidey hole tent for nervous types in the corner, and a board of achievements always seems to bode well for my kids! I think some childcare centres are getting more creative with their layouts too. I recently did another website for Barry Beckett Children's Centre and they had fantastic, colourful, creative layouts for the toddlers, who were too excited to go home! Voted useful.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very helpful hub for teachers, Dianna. It's filled with useful tips and important information.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Suzanne, when a child wants to stay at school, it's a very good sign. Thanks for your added thoughts that have added to the conversation.

      Alicia, thanks for your comment and feedback. Good to have you come by today.

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      Janellegems 2 years ago from United States

      An Excellent Hub filled with lots of very good information in creating a classroom as an effective learning environment for children. Thanks also for sharing about learning styles, very important. My mom is a teacher and I can tell you are a great teacher who puts a lot of care, time and wisdom to provide a great place for students to really learn. You should be teaching this to new teachers.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Janelle, thank you for the feedback. It's good to know your writing helps and is on target. I hope you are enjoying a good day.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have recently learned that students today don't really think outside the box. If we can foster more of that attitude, perhaps kids will learn more in different ways.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Deb, helping students to think outside the box molds leadership and independent thinking. Classrooms should be places set up to promote creative thinking. Thanks for the add to the conversation. By the way, I saw a huge blue heron by the pond yesterday. It was so beautiful.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      This sounds like a great resource for teachers. I read a book, The Leader in Me in Schools, that even invited young children in the process of making rules. There were also a lot less rules broken when the young kids were empowered to participate in this way.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Cheryl, your add is appreciated. Yes, when kids make the rules they are less apt to break them because they believe in them. I hope your week is off to a great start. Blessings!

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      Randall Jonas 2 years ago from Canada

      Such lovely and inviting rooms in the photos. This all reminds me of way back in 1996 when I studied to be a teacher for ESL in Montreal. These ideas are all so good. Some teachers are unaware of the use of space when they are new. And it is especially an issue when you do not have your own homeroom. When I used to teach secondary school, I would bring windex and clean off all the desks and then wash the board. It was so disheartening to look at the room. If you walk into a dingy chalk filled room with bare walls and too many desks ... Thankfully the next school I worked for had a better budget and I was also allowed to decorate, bring in plants and so forth. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Randall, sounds like that school was fortunate to have such a great teacher in you.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Dianna, this is so useful for teachers out there! Making sure I share!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Dianna,

      This hub should be 'Required Reading' for all teachers everywhere. Did you create the lovely 'heart' piece? I'ts so beautiful and a perfect example of what can be done to bring a loving mood to the classroom.

      Your students are so blessed to have you as their teacher. Your caring and understanding way with others reflects the very best of character.

      Your line, "A teacher needs to consider how to provide for the different learning modes" is perhaps the main key to greatness, where teaching is concerned.

      I have such respect for you. You were born to teach. There is no greater calling. All parents are teachers - in fact we are all teachers in one way or the other. I will share this on every level in the hope that it reaches those that need it the most.

      Thank you for this beautiful piece. I'm nominating this for "Editors Choice " and voted up, UABI - Audrey

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Michelle, your words are encouraging to me. Your support is awesome.

      Audrey, thanks for the feedback on the content. The photos are from different classrooms who have creative teachers. I agree that everyone is a teacher, especially parents. What a privilege! Your support is beyond awesome! Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Came back to read again, great hub.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Awesome quote to start as I've been watching a lot of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation videos lately. Some great tips here~

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dianna.....Each time I read one of your masterful hubs related to teachers, teaching, classroom, etc.....I am more and more convinced that the world of schools & classrooms need to be filled with teachers just like you. Your focus and dedication, knowledge and generosity is limitless.

      This hub is no exception.....Up++++

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Vellur, you are always a welcome presence!

      Dealforliving, the Gates foundation does so much for people around the world. They deserve recognition for their contributions.

      Fpherj48, thank you for your kind words. I only hope to help others succeed in their efforts towards others, especially with children. Have a great weekend, dear lady.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I agree it is the teacher rather than the school, that can make all the difference. If you have a great teacher, you have a great year.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wonderful tips that I'll bet many teachers will find useful. With four sons, 1 left in school, I know first hand how a good teacher can make a big difference in their learning experience.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi teaches, these are some unique tips for an instructor/teacher to use. Thanks to your expertise and to Jackie for re-sharing. Voted up!

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      syras mamun 2 years ago

      Your thoughts on creating a village of learners is brilliant.I think we need to find a way to inspire the new generation to choose teaching profession and create the environment for the learners, which you have already described in your hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ologsinquito, I always enjoyed school more when I had a great teacher. It was good seeing you here today.

      Brite-ideas, congrats on getting those sons through school, that deserves a medal! Teachers make the difference with so many children.

      Word, thanks for the positive feedback, I appreciate your view. Thanks to Jackie for sharing. Enjoy your week.

      Andromida, I believe you have something there in inspiring new teachers. The current school system and curriculum has lost its momentum in attracting quality instruction. I only hope that good changes are just up the road. Have a wonderful week.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Poking my head in again..to say, "Congratulations," on your Hubbie Award, Dianna! Two years in a row. You go Teach!! ++++++

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Hello Paula! Thank you so much! It's nice to be recognized but there are so many others out there who also deserve the award. This is actually my third year - I am very, very grateful to the awesome hubbers who support my efforts on the site. Blessings, sweet lady.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Dianna,

      I agree with vocalcoach. This hub should be "required reading" for it is filled with the kind of information teachers can actually use. When I was still in the classroom, I took pride in making my room feel inviting. My son is in his first year of teaching. I can't wait to share this with him. V+/Share and Pinned. Excellent Work.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Dianna: you are an amazing teacher! Your tips are spot on and I have used some of them myself. Students mature when they are respected and respected in their learning. It is best to be the "guide on the side" and monitor and help the students to gain their knowledge rather tan being the "sage on the stage ." This is wonderful advice and ideas for all teachers no matter what age they teach. Bravo!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Kim, congratulations to your son on getting his first teaching assignment. I'm sure with your expertise he will be a great teacher! Thanks for the feedback and support. Blessings, dear lady!

      Suzette, I like your style on teaching. It is fun to guide learning instead of dictating it from the front. Thanks for adding value to the conversation.

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      Ireno Alcala 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You're really a teacher of HubPages. Truly, a life-builder. Thanks for sharing your expertise here @HP community.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      travel, thanks for your kind support. I wish you a most wonderful day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      We just had our parent-teacher conference for our daughter's first year in Middle School. It's amazing how different each classroom looked and which ones inspired and which ones did not. I'm guessing that different kids react differently to different looks too. Interesting article for non-teachers and teachers alike!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Hey, Glimmer! You are right, room set up has an effect upon children. Knowing what works for all students is a challenge but one that makes the learning experience valuable. Thanks for your feedback and comment, all very appreciated.

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