Preparing the Classroom
Teaching with Intention
The Prepared Environment (Montessori, 1988) refers to the process of intentionally designing learning spaces that are inviting and offer a range of activities from which children can choose throughout the day. The classroom environment can be referred to as a “third teacher;” (alongside parents and educators) where children see and experience the classroom as a place for learning, making choices, engaging with materials, ideas, and each other, and developing their intellect (Edwards, 1993). The prepared environment includes:
- Uncluttered, safe, beautiful spaces
- Spaces arranged for learning experiences in a range of domains.
- Well-designed compelling materials that spark curiosity and intellectual pursuits
- Materials accessible to promote independence and collaboration
See sections on the Classroom Reflection Tool to help guide your classroom set up, as well as information about Aesthetics, Furniture, Shelves, Choice and Explicit Presentations. For even more information on preparing the classroom environment, see Carter & Curtis (2015) and Kuh & Ponte (2021).