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Instructional Environment

Page 31  & 32 of the Blue Program Resource Guide


T1-B Instructional Environment


Thoughtful consideration of your instructional environment is important in meeting the needs of your students.  It is very critical to create and maintain a well-managed environment that fosters student physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being.


There are several factors to consider when designing a learning environment.

  1. Lay-out is consistent with the instructional goals and activities.
  2. Teacher and students have ease of movement
  3. Teacher has clear visibility of all students at all times.
  4. Materials, resources, and instructional tools are accessible.
  5. Students can easily see and interact with instructional presentations, materials, and tools.
  6. Distractions are kept to a minimal.
  7. Teacher and students have their own personal space.

I. Analysis of Environment:

Based on your current instructional environment, rate each item from 1-3.

(1 - ineffective to 3 - effective)


Factors that impact the Learning Environment Rate

Whole group instruction can take place.



Small group instruction can take place.



Room arrangement promotes safety for the teacher & students.



Teacher can see my students activities and movement at all times.



The students can easily see the teacher.



Teacher can easily monitor student behavior and work.



Students can easily see the instructional materials, presentations, and tools.



Instructional materials are easily accessible for students.



Instructional materials are easily accessible for the teacher.



The environment has quiet spaces where students can work independently


Equipment (waste basket, pencil sharpeners, electronic devices, etc) is located whereby can easily be accessed without disturbing others.  

The room is organized to minimize visual and auditory distracting stimulation's.



Easily distracted students are strategically assigned their learning space.



Usable space exists to display student work, announcements, and important information




II. Reflective Conversation Regarding Instructional Environment


After analyzing your current instruction environment design, engage in a reflective conversation with your Support Provider.  Record important and critical insights in the cells below.


    1.  How does the instructional environment foster prevention and intervention of student safety?



    2.  How does the instructional environment foster student engagement, effective student interaction, and equitable access? 



    3.  How is diverse student voice incorporated to reflect gender, gender identity/expression, racial and ethnic identity?




III. Based on the analysis and reflection on the instructional environment, complete the table below.  Identify 2 - 3 changes that needs to be implemented to improve the instructional environment.


What aspect of the physical environment will be changed? What specific changes will be made? How will the change impact student learning, behavior, and safety?