Environments That Reflect Our Values and Beliefs

Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 2


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference thefor guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Environments That Reflect Our Values and Beliefs

Every environment implies a set of values or beliefs about the people who use the space and the activities that take place there.each environment also influences the people who use it in subtle or dramatic ways (Jaruszewicz, page 10).
In Week One you discussed a teaching philosophy and curriculum which most closely matched your own teaching philosophy. This discussion question will expand on these ideas and focus on the classroom environment. Watch each of the following videos:

  1. Montessori approach:
  2. Reggio Emilia approach:
  3. Waldorf approach:

Pay particular attention to each classroom environment. Choose one approach that you identify with most (it may be the same or different from the approach you discussed in Week One). Utilizing the text and at least one additional resource, please discuss specific values and beliefs of the teaching philosophy/approach you selected, and explain how these values and beliefs are reflected in the classroom environment design. Expand on how the classroom environment design supports the teaching philosophy and curriculum. What elements would you identify as especially important for you to include when implementing this teaching philosophy and curriculum? Your initial discussion post should be at least 200 words in length.
Guided Response:Respond to at least two classmates who chose an approach different from the one you chose. After reading their responses, decide if you would still make your choice or if their post has caused you to reconsider. Explain why or why not.


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