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Learning Environment in the Classroom: Definition, Impact & Importance

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Instructor: Mary Firestone
One of the most important things a teacher can do is provide a positive learning experience. Setting up a positive learning environment is tricky, but not difficult. Get ready to learn about how to do this and why.

What is a Learning Environment in Classrooms?

Almost all of us have spent a great deal of time in the classroom, beginning in kindergarten and extending for years beyond. Have you ever noticed what the teacher did to make learning more inviting? Was it colorful posters, clear and consistent rules, and fun and interesting teaching methods? If so, you were lucky to have a teacher who paid close attention to the learning environment, or the physical, psychological and instructional atmosphere. Ms. Martin is a teacher skilled in providing her students with a positive learning environment. Should we peek in and see what's going on in her classroom? Here we go.

Why Are Learning Environments Important?

Ms. Martin has learned over the years that the learning environment in her classroom is vital to student success and impacts students in many ways. A negative learning environment, or setting that adversely affects student learning, can affect Ms. Martin's students in many ways, such as low student achievement, poor behavior, student anxiety, or depression. Ms. Martin works hard to maintain a positive learning environment, or one that allows students to feel comfortable and confident as learners. Her students are hard workers and have high achievement levels. What does she do to make her classroom-learning environment one where students thrive? Glad you asked!

Elements of a Positive Learning Environment

Like we said, Ms. Martin is a smart cookie. She's picked up some handy tools of the trade along the way that help her keep her classroom environment humming with positive energy.

Bright posters contribute to the physical learning environment
Bright posters on a wall

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