Designing Flexible Learning Environments

This section is not about adding decoration to your classroom but rethinking our learning environment. By environment, we don’t simply include the physical space but also the virtual sphere and the socio-emotional aspects.


SociAL and emotional environment

Onto the physical space, check this article: Tear down your behaviour charts!

Virtual Environment

Class Dojo and ClassCraft are apps that can have a NEGATIVE effects on student learning because they promote behaviour tracking. I personally think those are ‘attractive’ substitute of a praise and positive reinforcement approach, which is controversial. We have to be very agile to resist the labelling and rating of student behaviour. I recommend NOT TO USE those tools…

Physical environment

The key to redesigning the ‘space’ of a classroom is to be intentional and keep “adaptability” at the center.

Learning environments don’t require a sensory overload (too many things a colors) but are quite minimalist. They flexibility: things can be moved and rearranged to serve the needs of the PRESENT (the here and now).

Learning zones

This Thinglink recaps some of the learning zones we might create in a flexible learning environment