Mrs. Stowell’s Engaging Classroom Environment
Wong (1991) suggests that a positive learning environment helps students feel secure and thus learning is enhanced and behavior is improved. Mrs. Stowell’s classroom certainly demonstrates a positive environment as the walls are covered with student work, high expectations are posted and followed by students, and engaging projects are a normal occurrence. There are even prisms hanging from the ceiling!
In a recent project, Mrs. Stowell asked students in her 6th grade class to work in teams to design a poster demonstrating their knowledge of quadrilaterals. Each shape on the poster had to be clearly labeled, characteristics clearly described, and integrate the idea of a quadrilateral family. Each group had a unique project that clearly demonstrated their knowledge of shapes (see photos below). Well done students!