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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET introduction Why Classroom Design Matters Does classroom design matter to you? Does it impact the children in your care? How about the families who visit your program? You spend many of your waking hours in a particular classroom environment. How much time do you spend thinking about the design and arrange- ment of this environment? For many of us, the design of our physical environment is as invisible as the air we breathe or the sun that shines—we just don’t think about it. These invisible elements tend to draw our attention only when they are missing or obviously deficient. But make no mistake, the physical environment in which you spend your time, whether you consciously realize it or not, matters a great deal. If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographs of classroom environments should speak volumes about the learning experiences that occur there. Look closely at the follow- ing photographs of early childhood classroom environments. Each environment has similar elements, but many differences can be seen. If you were a child or teacher in any of these class- rooms, how do you think your daily experiences might differ? COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL | 1 |