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Transforming the spaces in which students gather to learn renders school a more hospitable space. One which encourages more active participation in the educative process.

You may be wondering what is meant by "the environment acting as the third teacher"?


According to *Margie Carter, "we must ask ourselves what values we want to communicate through our environments and how we want our students to experience their time in our schools.

What does this environment “teach” those who are in it?


How is it shaping the identity of those who spend long days there?"   


Such thoughtful decisions on behalf of decision makers also positively impacts student-teacher relationships and engagement.

The physical environment is never simply a backdrop to the curriculum; it is an integral part of the curriculum.

*Making the Environment the Third Teacher” Exchange Magazine July/August 2007

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