“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale
For learning to occur, the learning environment must be safe—physically, intellectually and emotionally.
A constructivist-learning environment supports the construction of knowledge, disciplined inquiry and value beyond school. It nurtures higher order thinking, natural curiosity, deep knowledge, substantive conversation and connections to the world beyond the classroom. It promotes meaningful dialogue and meaning making together and within self through collaboration and reflection. Every educator has the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. The following four dimensions: Academic/Learning, Physical/Virtual, Social/Emotional and Community provide a framework for establishing such an environment.
Designing Learning Environments – District/Campus
To help educators create a constructivist-learning environment, the district and campus will:
provide systems of support for educator efficacy
respond to the unique needs of novice, experienced, master and struggling educators
create a system-wide culture of collaboration and engagement
provide a professional learning system that builds capacity in facilitating meaningful learning for all commit resources for the design and expansion of flexible learning spaces