Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #1

Change the layout of the room

Teachers can change the layout of the room to support their new way of seeing a subject, for example, arranging the chairs in an arc around a painting which is displayed high to communicate the importance of coming with humility to learn. It could involve changing the seating arrangements so that students/pupils work together when learning about communities.

  • A teacher can change the layout of the room so that students face the window when studying a poem about a girl looking out of a window and learning to love the city she sees, helping the experience of the learning space reinforce the effect of the poem.
  • Teachers can arrange pupils in a circle on the floor for a presentation of a Bible story with small figures in order to draw the pupils in and encourage them to engage with the characters.

In these examples changes in the layout support the teaching approach and encourage a different engagement on the part of the learner.