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Learning environments are physical or virtual settings in which education
happens. Learning theory provides the fundamental for the design of learning
environments. However, there is no simple recipe for designing learning
environments (Bransford et al. 2000). Additionally, the organization of learning
environments will always change in conjunction with the change of educational goals.
Hence, the design of learning environments in the past 100 years was extremely
different to the twenty-first century design of learning environments. Generally, the
design of learning environments includes the three simple questions: What is taught?
How is it taught? How is it assessed?
My Learning Environment at the Intersection of the 3-circles
The learning environment in my current school is inquiry-based, allowing and
encouraging students to engage with the community but also reflect upon their own
interests and natural tendencies. The community as a whole works hard to support
language and cultural immersion that is predominantly not native to the students,
while meetings certain levels of content/subject goals. The expectation is to ensure
students are full participants in their learning. The challenges are always balancing the
variety of internal class behavior and learning diversity with the expectations of a
very involved parent community.
Even the pursuit of learning is part of the achievement. I believe learning is a
process, developing a new habit, making your muscles sore for use, in order to realize
a new view. Personal state of mind. I believe a student must feel safe, respected, and
valued to be their best learning self. Then, I think they can be more open to the risks
associated with learning such as making mistakes, practicing, trying again, and