Ten Ways to Create a More Democratic classroom

McLennan, Deanna Marie Pecaski
July 2009
YC: Young Children;Jul2009, Vol. 64 Issue 4, p100
Academic Journal
The article provides several ideas for creating a child-friendly and democratic environment in the early years classroom. It is stated that children should be provided with a variety of classroom activities and limit the use of worksheets or product driven projects. The physical arrangement of the classroom should depend upon children's choice and furniture and learning centers should be age appropriate and easily accessible. The author advises to create a psychologically safe classroom space that encourages children to express their feelings and ideas without fear of punishment or embarrassment. Children must be given the right to participate in activities and share their ideas.


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