Week 2 assignment Part 1 and Part 2
Due Date: May 16, 2018 23:59:59
Max Points: 70
Students learn in a variety of settings and environments. Group learning creates an environment of engagement and
motivation. It gives students a chance to learn from each other in a cooperative learning setting.
Part 1: Classroom Design
For this assignment, you will create and design your own classroom using an online classroom design tool. Your design
should focus on group and cooperative learning in the classroom environment and include:
The layout of the classroom.
Where the desks/tables will be placed to facilitate group learning.
Where the technology will be located so students with diverse needs have equitable access.
Part 2: Group Learning Reflection
In 500-750 words, identify effective engagement and motivation strategies that promote student learning and describe
how you will incorporate group learning techniques into your future teaching practices. Describe how these techniques
will help students understand the classroom expectations and procedures and how to work productively.
In your reflection, address:
Grade level, content area, and rationale as to why your classroom design is conducive to group learning.
Description of the classroom setting and focus of the room.
Description of the strategies to foster organization.
How group learning activities help students work productively and promote students’ growth and development.
How to communicate effectively with students with diverse needs, including language barriers and cultural
How you will use these engagement strategies in your future professional practice.
Support your findings with a minimum of three scholarly resources.
Submit the classroom layout and reflection as one deliverable. Group Learning Environments
10.0 %Classroom Design
25.0 %Group Learning
25.0 %Classroom Design
Rationale and Description
10.0 %Classroom Design
15.0 %Research Citations
15.0 %Mechanics of Writing
Classroom design includes a layout of the classroom, including an in-depth explanation of where the
desks will be placed to provide opportunities for group learning and where the technology will be
located so students will have equitable access.
Reflection includes a compelling description as to how group learning techniques will be incorporated
into the future classroom and how these techniques will help students understand the classroom
expectations, procedures, and how to work productively.
Reflection includes the grade level and a thought-provoking rationale as to the classroom design is
conducive to group learning, including a compelling description of the classroom setting and focus on
the strategies that can be implemented to foster organization.
Reflection clearly and comprehensively includes how group learning activities help students work
productively and promote students' growth and development. Reflection compellingly includes how to
communicate effectively with students of diverse needs, including language barriers and cultural
differences, and how group strategies will be used in future professional practice.
All sources are credible, appropriate, and strongly support the submission. All required aspects of
APA format are correct within the submission.
Submission is virtually free of mechanical errors. Word choice reflects well-developed use of practice
and content-related language. Sentence structures are varied and engaging.
Running head: EFFECTIVE GROUP
Effective Group Learning Environments
Grand Canyon University ELM5-510
November 26, 2017
Creating an effective classroom environment is necessary to create academic success for the
students within the learning environment. “Your room arrangement communicates to students
how you expect them to participate in your class, and your philosophy of teaching and learning
will influence how you arrange your classroom.” (Everston & Emmer, p 12, 2013). There are
different things to consider when creating a learning environment including the number of
students that are going to be learning within the environment, the type of learning that is going to
take place, the resources that are going to be available to the students within the environment,
making the environment warm by decorating the walls and having things hanging from the
ceiling to reduce dead space, and creating an environment that will allow the teacher to see all of
the students from any place in the classroom.
Group Learning Reflection
This classroom design is for first grade students. The desks are set up to support
individual and group learning.” Desks arranged in groups imply that interaction and
collaboration among students are expected for at least some activities. Desks in rows indicate
that the focus of the classroom is the teacher, the board, or some other central point.” (Everston
& Emmer, p 12, 2013). The desks face the smart board allowing the teacher to stand by the board
and teach the class lessons. The closet next to the smart board will house classroom supplies that
need to be available for the lesson being taught, classroom supplies that don’t need to be out at
the current time, and files and papers that need to be locked up. The shelves next to the desk will
have manipulative resources, books, art supplies, a pencil sharpener, and other resources for the
students to use throughout the day. “Keeping materials accessible not only minimizes time spent
getting ready and cleaning up, but also helps to avoid distracting slowdowns and breaks in the
lesson flow.” (Everston & Emmer, p 13, 2013). The kidney table and chairs behind the desks will
be used during small group activity. This is a table that the teacher can sit at with students who
need more help and/or direction individually or in a small group. This is an appropriate table for
the teacher to use during meetings with parents or other collogues. The square rug in the back
right corner with the chairs and book stand can be used for instruction, quite time, and centers.
The book stand will house books for the students to read throughout the day. Next to the rug is
the teacher’s desk. There are also shelves and filing cabinets behind the desk that will allow for
the teacher to store learning materials, papers, classroom resources, and the teacher’s personal
decorations and supplies. Next to the teacher’s desk is the computer station. The computer
station is close to the teacher allowing the teacher to be able to monitor computer usage and help
the students on the computer when needed. In the front right corner of the classroom there is
another shelf and round table with chairs. This can be used for small group learning, centers,
one-on-one student to teacher tutoring, and/or free time. This classroom will also have different
posters and bulletin board displays on the walls. The posters will include a calendar and weather
area, the alphabet, numbers, student birthdays, classroom rules, posters corresponding to the
lessons being taught at the time, and emergency procedures. The bulletin boards will correspond
to the season and have something to do with the student’s artwork and/or the students names on
display. One bulletin board will be dedicated to student of the week. Allowing the student to
decorate the board with whatever they would like for the week. The ceiling will house hanging
seasonal classroom decorations and/or students work. “Hanging up student work in the room is
also another way to build a strong community in your classroom.” (Abepiusc, 2017).
Classroom Setting and Focus
This classroom’s goal is to provide a warm, safe, and welcoming environment for the
students to learn, play, and feel safe in. The classroom will act as a community for the students
during the school year. “Students' involvement in the process of creating their environment can
empower them, develop community and increase motivation.” (Phillips, 2014). The students will
be comfortable within this classroom and be able to make mistakes without feeling embarrassed.
Diversity will be expressed in the classroom in different ways. Allowing the students to know
they are all different and that it is not a bad thing. “When a student feels comfortable in the
classroom, they will be more likely to take the risks that are necessary for language learning, and
they won’t feel bad about themselves when they make mistakes.” (Abepiusc, 2017). Student’s
will want to be in this classroom because it is a fun place to learn and enjoy all aspects of school.
“Organizing the furniture, equipment, materials, and supplies in the classroom is a
necessary beginning task for teaching.” (Everston & Emmer, p 23, 2013). Classroom
organization is also necessary for students to be able to function and achieve academic success.
This classroom is organized in a way that the teacher can see the whole classroom from their
desk, work with the students if needed in different locations in the room, provide instructional
learning in two different places in the room, allow the students to work on an individual and
group level, and allow the students to use the resources available to them in the room. The hightraffic areas within this classroom are free of congestion.
Group Learning Activities
Group learning has become more prominent in the educational environment. Group
learning helps students work together by using vocabulary on their level to help everyone within
the group understand the topic. Each student in the group will bring something different to the
group. The low level performers will learn from their peers examples or explanations. The
middle to high level performers will better their understanding by explaining the topic to the
other members of the group. “Small groups have greater potential for participation, feedback,
and mutual construction of meaning among students. The group format encourages students to
become active participants rather than passive recipients of information.” (Everston & Emmer, p
Effective communication includes both talking and listening. As a teacher we have to be
able to talk and listen effectively to our students, the student’s parents, and other members on the
educational team. When dealing with students who have diverse needs, including language
barriers and cultural differences it is important to watch the student’s non-verbal communication
and facial expressions to fully be able to understand what they are trying to convey to you. These
students may need additional resources to help them communicate and fully understand what is
being said to them. The resources will vary depending on the student’s age and academic level.
The resources could be as simple as communication cards with pictures on them that the student
can show or point to, to convey what they are trying to say, or can be as complex as a computer
that they student inputs what they want to convey and the computer says what was input into it.
There is always going to be diversity among the students within the group you are trying to
teach. It is important to accept everyone for who they are and the differences they bring to the
class as a whole.
I will use all of this research in my future practices in many ways. I have learned all
about the classroom environment and the best way to place things within the environment
depending on the type of learning I want to take place. I have also learned the importance of
allowing the students to help in creating the environment. I will allow my students to help me
decorate the classroom and have a place for them to display pictures, drawings, or class work
that they are proud of. I will also have a diverse environment for the students to learn in. This
allows the students to know that even though they are all different they are all accepted for who
they are. I will decorate my classroom to make it feel warm and welcoming. I also want to have a
place within my classroom to have bean bag chairs and or a small couch with a rug for the
students to use during centers or quiet time. I have learned many new things through the research
I have conducted that will be very useful in my future classroom.
“Classroom physical environment affects morale and student learning.” (Phillips, 2014).
It is important to have a classroom environment that is warm, welcoming, safe, comfortable, and
resourceful to allow for the greatest amount of academic successfulness within the students in the
environment. It is also important to have this type of environment because students will spend
six to seven hours within the classroom five days a week. If the classroom is cold and
unwelcoming, students will not feel comfortable making it hard to complete the learning process.
Abepiusc. (2017). R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How to Build an Effective Classroom Environment in a
Multilingual Classroom. Retrieved from http://busyteacher.org/10391-how-to-buildeffective-classroom-environment.html
Evertson, C. M., & Emmer, E. T. (2013). Classroom management for elementary teachers (9th
ed.). Boston: Pearson.
Phillips, M. (2014). Student Engagement - A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of
Classrooms. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-physical-environment-ofclassrooms-mark-phillips
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