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Creating a Safe Learning Environment in the Classroom

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  • 0:35 Physical Safety
  • 1:39 Emotional Safety
  • 3:20 Social Safety
  • 4:18 When Things Go Wrong
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Children learn best when they are in a safe classroom environment, and teachers and families are happier when classrooms feel safe, too. This lesson will give you some ideas on how to create a safe environment for all learners.

Safety Matters

A safe classroom environment is one where learners feel physically, emotionally, and socially comfortable. They know that their needs are taken care of and that they are protected by caring and thoughtful teachers and members of their community. Children learn best when they feel safe; in fact, an unsafe classroom environment is not all that conducive to learning. Follow along with master teacher Ms. Balkin, who works hard to create a safe environment in her classroom for all learners.

Physical Safety

Ms. Balkin is a third grade teacher who cares tremendously about her students' safety. She prioritizes their physical safety - protecting students from bodily harm - throughout the day, and she shares the following tips for making sure the classroom is a physically safe environment:

  • Keep the classroom neat and tidy.

Of course a certain amount of mess goes along with fun learning, but Ms. Balkin is careful to keep her classroom neat and clear of tripping hazards and other things that might hurt her students.

  • Consider physical maneuvering when you arrange your classroom.

Ms. Balkin makes sure there is plenty of room for children to move around her classroom during transitions. She keeps physical needs and mobility impairments in mind as well when she sets up furniture and arranges materials.

  • Build in time for exercise and movement.

Healthy, active children are more aware of how their bodies move in space. Ms. Balkin works with the gym teacher on helping build movement into her students' lives. She never cuts short recess and gym class, and she encourages her students to exercise and play outdoors in their spare time, too.

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