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Guiding Young Children's Behavior

Segment 2: Arranging the Classroom


Classroom arrangement has a powerful effect on children’s behavior. This segment looks at three ideas teachers can use to arrange classrooms to guide children’s behavior. The segment also explores how rearranging the classroom can address behavior problems.


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Questions to Answer After Viewing Videos

  • Think about the centers in your classroom. Which are quiet centers and which are loud centers? Are the quiet centers placed together and away from the louder centers?  What centers might need to be moved?

  • What are the three main ideas for arranging a classroom that support children’s positive behaviors? What kinds of changes might you want to implement in your classroom to meet all three of these ideas? What would your ideal classroom look like if it incorporated these ideas?

  • What space do you currently have for children to get away from classroom activity? Where could you add a getaway space? What additional materials would you need to add a getaway space?

  • Think about a particular behavioral issue that you’re facing right now in your classroom. What changes could you make to the physical classroom environment that would improve the situation?

Additional Resources on Arranging the Classroom

  • Centre for Effective Learning Environments
  • Curtis, D., & Carter, M. (2003). Designs for living: Transforming early childhood environments. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press
  • Greenman, J. (2005). Caring spaces, learning places: Children's environments that work. Redmond, WA: Exchange Press.
  • Isbell, C.; Exelby, B.; Exelby, G.; & Isbell, R. (2001). Early learning environments that work. Silver Spring, MD: Gryphon House.

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