K-12 Teachers Guide

Managing the Physical Environment in an Enriched Classroom

INTRODUCTION

The physical structure of a classroom is a critical variable in effecting student morale and learning. Students' involvement in the process of creating their environment can empower the develop of community and increase motivation. Because gifted children are different in their levels of emotional development, interactions with peers and learning characteristics, they require special support to ensure their giftedness is nurtured. It is critical to establish nurturing learning environments that do provide the opportunities for children to develop self-esteem, to be engaged in activities that generate long term interest, and to become knowledge producers and the physical environment must be considered as a component of that enrichment.

Classroom Design and Physical Space