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Classroom Environment Checklist

Classroom Environment Checklist is a helpful resource for teachers to assess their classroom environment. It provides questions to review classroom structure, student behaviour, and instructional practices, in order to identify elements that are creating an optimal learning environment. This checklist can be used to create a personalized plan for improvement Creating an environment that is conducive to learning is both an art and a science, but a classroom checklist for teachers can help them incorporate new ideas and techniques to observe children while they learn.

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A well organised room sets the tone for teaching and learning and reflects the teacher's organisation and teaching style.
GENERAL SAFETY
Access to both doors is obstruction free
Student desks are laid out in a manner that allows for the free flow of traffic
Electrical cabling is kept in such a manner that it does not present a potential hazard to students/staff
Electrical cabling is kept in such a manner that it does not present a potential hazard to students/staff
Students have space to store their belongings
Teacher's resources are stored in a tidy manner eliminating clutter.
Teacher's desk or workspace is tidy and clutter free.
Art, Science and any other toxic or sharp resources are stored out of reach and or sight
Rugs are fastened to the floor so that potential tripping is eliminated.
Does the wall to wall carpeting present a hazard?
Evidence of any other tripping hazards?
There is enough ventilation (even in winter).
Is enough natural lighting?
AKONGA (STUDENT) WORK SPACES:
Are akonga (learners) desks clear of graffiti or other drawing/writing?
Are tote trays stowed away neat and tidily?
Is there adequate space between chairs so that if both akonga need to get up simultaneously, they can?
WALL DISPLAYS:
Taking a cursory glance around the room, do the displays look neat, tidy and fresh?
Is there evidence of akonga work on display?
Is the ratio between akonga generated work/displays and teacher generated in favour of akonga?
Do displays reflect the current topic? (Or in the case of the start of term the work done towards the end of the previous term.)
Is the environment text rich, and displayed so that akonga can read it effectively?
Is there art work on display to add colour and vibrancy?
Is a class treaty / code of conduct / set of expectations on display?
Is there evidence of a akonga motivation system, e.g. House chart with points, etc?
Are emergency evacuation explanations or procedures on display?
Are wall displays well organised?
Is there a section for reading, and if so is there evidence of akonga voice?
Is there a section for writing, and if so is there evidence of akonga voice?
Is there a section for Mathematics & Statistics, and so is there evidence of akonga voice?
Is there a section relating to the integrated topic, and if so is there evidence of akonga voice?
Is there evidence of displays relating to student achievement? (Reference to national standards)
Is the a chart or other form of reading tumble on display that akonga are able to refer to?
Is the a chart or other form of writing tumble on display that akonga are able to refer to?
Is the a chart or other form of mathematics tumble on display that akonga are able to refer to?
OTHER OBSERVATIONS AND /OR COMMENTS:
Are there any other affirmations or feed forward comments? (These will be recorded on a separate sheet.)
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The Classroom Environment Checklist is a tool designed to help teachers create an effective, safe and productive learning environment. This checklist evaluates the physical environment of the classroom, the structure and routines of the classroom, and the social interactions that take place. It provides a comprehensive overview of the classroom and helps teachers identify areas for improvement. The checklist includes items such as adequate lighting, furniture layout, seating arrangement, noise level, classroom management and appropriate use of technology. By completing this checklist, teachers can ensure that their classroom is conducive to learning and that their students have the best chance for success.
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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