Environments That Reflect Our Values and Beliefs
âEvery environment implies a set of values or beliefs about the people who use the space and the activities that take place thereâ¦.each environment also influences the people who use it in subtle or dramatic waysâ (Jaruszewicz, page 10).
In Week One you discussed a teaching philosophy and curriculum which most closely matched your own teaching philosophy. This discussion question will expand on these ideas and focus on the classroom environment. Watch each of the following videos:
- Montessori approach: Developmental Stages (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
- Reggio Emilia approach: Reggio Approach (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
- Waldorf approach: Waldorfâs Integrated Way of Learning (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Pay particular attention to each classroom environment. Choose
one approach that you identify with most (it may be the same or
different from the approach you discussed in Week One). Utilizing the
text and at least one additional resource, please discuss specific
values and beliefs of the teaching philosophy/approach you selected, and
explain how these values and beliefs are reflected in the classroom
environment design. Expand on how the classroom environment design
supports the teaching philosophy and curriculum. What elements would
you identify as especially important for you to include when
implementing this teaching philosophy and curriculum? Your initial
discussion post should be at least 200 words in length.