Designing Environments

Learn about features of the physical and social classroom environment that maximize young children's engagement and learning.

Supporting Materials

Tips for Teachers [PDF, 480KB]

Tips for Teachers: Dual Language Learners [PDF, 262KB]

Tips for Families [PDF, 246KB]

Tools for Supervisors [PDF, 84KB]

Helpful Resources [PDF, 80KB]

Materials for Trainers

Presentation [PPTX, 63MB]

Optional Slide [PPTX, 46MB]

Presenter Notes [PDF, 2.8MB]

Learning Activity: Assessing Your Physical Spaces and Strategizing Changes [PDF, 253KB]

Learning Activity: Content Design of Classrooms [PDF, 206KB]

Learning Activity: Matching Classroom Content to Learning Goals and Interests [PDF, 71KB]

Learning Activity: Preparing for Intentionally Grouping Children [PDF, 80KB]

Learning Activity: How the Physical Space Can Affect Behavior [PDF, 76KB]

Learning Activity: Strategic Planning for Groupings [PDF, 1.9MB]

Follow-Up Activity: Tracking Patterns to Determine Design Needs [PDF, 343KB]

Supplemental Videos [PPTX, 178MB]

Supplemental Videos: Dual Language Learners [PPTX, 30MB]

AIAN Materials

Presentation [PPTX, 168MB]

Presenter Notes [PDF, 3.1MB]

All AIAN Materials [ZIP, 169MB]

To view these materials without Internet access, download the Designing Environments 15-minute In-service Suite [ZIP, 321MB]. This file contains the resources from "Supporting Materials" and "Materials for Trainers" tabs. Download American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) materials from the AIAN tab. Please ensure your computer meets the minimum system requirements before downloading.

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Topic:Teaching Practices

Resource Type: Video

Last Updated: December 19, 2017