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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. Videos in this segment include:

  • Introduction to Arranging the Classroom (0:31)
  • Objective 1: Arranging classroom space (4:53)
  • Objective 2: Designing a classroom getaway space (4:35)
  • Objective 3: Resolving behavior problems by rearranging classroom space (3:22)


Introduction to Arranging the Classroom


Objective 1: Arranging Classroom Space


Objective 2: Classroom Getaway Space


Objective 3: Resolving Behaviors by Rearranging

  • After viewing the videos, answer the following questions:

    Question 1: 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?
    Question 2: 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?
    Question 3: 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?
    Question 4: 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?

    Try out these concepts in your classroom by using these Ideas into Practice.

  • Author: Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith
    Production Consultant: Dr. Denise Matthews
    Video Production: RISE Learning Solutions, Jefrerey Arias, Denise Matthews
    Production Coordinator:
    Julia DeLapp
    Student production assistant:
    Kerin Jaros-Dressler
    Photographer: Jared Ramsdell
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