With all the challenges educators face, it can be easy to get lost in the frustrations and road blocks. While those barriers are very real and deserve attention, our hopes and aspirations also deserve consideration. Have you pictured your ideal learning environment lately? I have. And it’s reinvigorating me.
My ideal learning environment is one where students:
- Guide their own learning by asking questions and following curiosities.
- Explore ideas that pique their interest, thereby formulating their own units of study.
- Work collaboratively with others both inside and outside of the classroom in an effort to pursue those interests.
- Are encouraged to move freely while still understanding the importance of coming back together and being respectful to others.
- Trust their own instincts and grow into responsible “decision-making” and “self-reliant” learners (Saxena, 2013).
- Have access to the world, in whatever form that makes sense in that time and place.
- Learn from one another.
My ideal learning environment is one where teachers:
- Feel comfortable in stepping down from the stage and allow students to see that they don’t know everything, but they are interested in learning alongside their students.
- Have ample opportunities for asking questions and taking risks while feeling supported and