A short and sweet post today to mention the essential role that environment plays in promoting positive behaviours and optimising learning outcomes.
Loris Malaguzzi, an educator whose own philosophies led to the development of the Reggio Emilia approach, said that their teaching approach placed “enormous value on the role of the environment as a motivation and animating force in creating spaces for relations, options, and emotional and cognitive situations that produce a sense of well-being and security.”
When our environments are aesthetically pleasing, our sensori-emotional values are stimulated and we become more positively engaged as our sense of well-being is promoted. These environments, known as the Third Teacher, improve and enhance learning for children and teachers alike.
Have a look at Small Potatoes for ideas and inspiration on how to create beautiful learning spaces in small places.
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