I believe it is possible to create an ideal school or classroom environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the US in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers. However, it is important to realize in this conversation about creating an ideal school or classroom that what is ideal for one child might not be ideal for another child. For a school or classroom to work as a learning space for a child it has to be a good match with the child’s needs, as well as the child’s personality. We are quick to expect children to adapt to their schools, but not expect schools to adapt to their students. So while there are ideal schools, I believe they come in different shapes and sizes.
- An ideal school environment embraces the idea that ALL students can learn.
- An ideal school environment works to build safe learning spaces for students.
- An ideal school environment attracts teachers who are knowledgeable, care about student learning, and adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their learners
- An ideal school environment tires to be nimble and adjust as the needs of students shift.
- An ideal school environment works hard to make the curriculum relevant to the lives of students
- An ideal school environment works hard to develop authentic measures for assessing student learning.
- An ideal school environment recognizes that student success is a complex idea and measuring it must be accomplished with many tools.
- An ideal school environment is led by people who value others, their voice and need for choice.
My school would look like an average school with high education. The campus would be on top of the South Eugene Hills. The name of the school would be Mountainview High School. My walls would be burgundy, and my school would be red. High tech lighting with chairs and desks for the students and staff. I really think looks matter in an educational setting and the school should always be clean and organized in that environmental setting. It makes the school look professional and well prepared for students to learn.