Safe classroom equipment and materials

“I hear, I forget, I see, I remember, I experience, I understand “Dr. Maria Montessori. Just like adults, children need environments that help them feel secure. Children depend on adults to meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter, and clothing. They also depend on us to protect them from harm. Feeling safe allows children to build relationships, become confident, and meet their potential (Maslow, 1943, 1945). We cannot expect children to learn if they do not feel safe.

Here are some characteristics of safe learning environments: Low, open shelving will promote independence and prevent toys from falling on children. Labeled shelves will encourage children to clean up after themselves, which will in turn prevent abandoned toys from becoming tripping hazards. Clearly defined interest areas will promote engagement and create clear traffic patterns that prevent running and collisions. A variety of materials will keep children engaged, rather than spending time on inappropriate running, jumping, or climbing. Providing safe toys and materials. Maintaining safe adult-to-child ratios. Supervision and accountability indoors and outdoors. Teaching safety rules.

Furthermore, classrooms must be arranged with tables and chairs where children can move freely between. Classrooms aim to promote children’s thinking skills and concentration. Since it is through movements, we should assist a child in his attempts to put his will into act. Natural & authentic materials for toddlers helps in developing creativity & independence. Focused on developing the children’s fine motor skills & creative expression, there are a lot of activities such as using safe tools where teachers provide additional support. Workplace health and safety in learning centers is a major concern of early learning association. Nontoxic finger paints and clay, this sensory play innovative approach to learning, and fun childhood concept. All materials should be safe and age appropriate, so that children have the freedom to comfortably explore their classroom.

We believe as teachers that children learn best in an environment that is safe, nurturing and child centered. Children learn and achieve their own level in a safe play –based environment, where the children feel safe yet challenged to learn & try new experiences. “Real freedom begins at the beginning of life” Dr. Maria Montessori.


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Active Whiteboards


Whiteboards have become an essential part of every office, school, and universities. They are an important tool especially when there are some brainstorming sessions going on.  It is very easy to note down the ideas that come up during brainstorming sessions on a whiteboard then modify them as the discussion progresses, than having to refer back and forth to handwritten notes on a book. There are different types of whiteboards available, the difference is the type of surface used in these whiteboards. Whiteboards that contains high glass surfaces, helps reflect the projector light with ease. However whiteboards have advantages and disadvantages in classrooms, and we as teachers have to widen our awareness toward whiteboards in order to protect our students whom are our kids.

The fact is that there are many reasons that stimulate the use of whiteboards in classrooms. In some studies, researchers have found that whiteboards can be used to engage every child in every single lesson and it helps teachers in explaining complex and abstract concepts. Minute by minute, you’ll know exactly who’s grasping the concepts and who’s not. Mistakes made during guided practice can be easily brushed away. Using dry erase boards will save paper and significantly reduce the stack of work you take home to grade. Dry erase boards can be used in whole group instruction, small guided groups, and learning centers. In fact whiteboards markers are very user friendly as they do not produce any dust, unlike chalks which can be very messy. This works best for students who have dust allergies as well as breathing problems. In addition to that using whiteboards can also be used as a projecting medium when you use a video projector. This in turn permits you as a teacher to make comments, underline important details and even highlight them on the white board using the marker. Plus no need to worry about technology failing when you need it most.

However like the two sides of a coin, whiteboard too is not without disadvantages. Apart from the time taken for training people on how to effectively use it, unlike the traditional marker boards, the content has to be created beforehand and the appropriate software has to be installed for the content to be displayed properly. This can take up a substantial amount of time every day from your schedule. Moreover, whiteboards have an impact on eye health because continuously looking at the screen, particularly in dark areas, can strain the eyes and even effect eyesight.

To conclude we can say that whiteboards are expected to enhance both teaching quality and learning efficiency. Furthermore whiteboards are being used across subjects including math, science, history and foreign languages. Teachers also use the Smart board for technology demonstrations, collaborating on class projects, and games. It is recommended to be used once or twice per week.


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