Creating a Stimulating Classroom Environment: Definition & Strategies

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Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

This lesson is all about the importance of stimulating classroom environments. We'll go over the reasons why this is important as well as providing strategies for increasing stimulation within and among your students.

A Stimulated Classroom Environment

What does having a stimulated classroom environment mean? Does it mean the way a classroom is set up, the way students interact with their work and one another, or does it mean the way teachers deliver daily lessons? A stimulated classroom environment is a combination of all of these things; it refers to the way students' minds are stimulated while in their learning environment. This can come from:

  • Visuals throughout the classroom
  • Hands-on activities with physical movement
  • Multi-modal means of learning each new concept
  • Opportunities for higher-order thinking/questioning
  • Exciting and stimulating teachers

Think about a time you had to learn something boring; would the above examples have made your learning experience more stimulating? When put it in that perspective, is it easier to understand what the stimulated classroom is all about? Let's look at this a little closer, and then go over some strategies that will help increase student stimulation in your classroom.

Classroom Stimulation Benefits

The more students' interests and senses are piqued, the more engaged they'll become with the content being taught. It's difficult for students to remain active in the learning process when content is uninteresting, appears irrelevant, or requires countless hours of filling out worksheets. In a stimulating classroom, students are able to move around, learn new ways of receiving knowledge, and are encouraged to question everything around them. Because of this, it's easier for them to become involved in the learning process.

Classroom Stimulation Strategies

These are some strategies that can be used to create a stimulating classroom environment, which puts your students on the path to engaged learning. We'll go over the use of visuals, hands-on activities, multi-modal instruction, higher-order thinking/questioning, and stimulating teaching.

1. Visuals Throughout the Classroom

A great way to keep students stimulated is by keeping relevant visuals of what's being learned, such as:

  • A word wall for new vocabulary

  • Images of places students are learning about

  • Brainstorms/story webs created by the class

  • Dioramas, models, or manipulatives to represent content being taught

  • Posters of literary devices, grammar rules, or tricky concepts

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