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Ideal Learning Environment
IDEAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Hold an event where participants create their own Eye to Eye art projects.


OBJECTIVES:

  • Have fun
  • Create community
  • Encourage participants to learn about themselves

PLANNING:

  • Determine the type of event and desired participants
  • Find an appropriate time and location
  • Invite participants
  • Familiarize yourself with the Eye to Eye art project instructions (see below)
  • Obtain supplies (see list below)
  • Create game plan for the day of the event. Here is a suggested game plan:
    • Arrive at location
    • Set up supplies and room
    • Introduce yourself and lead the rest of the group in introductions
    • Explain the project to the participants, including the big objective and the specific steps
    • Instruct the participants to brainstorm and then create their own projects
    • Facilitate a sharing session among the participants
    • Clean up

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

SUMMARY:
Participants construct a diorama of a classroom that would be a good place for the participants to learn. This project shows the participants that they can make changes to their environments that will help them with their learning styles.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. DISCUSS: Discuss what environmental factors enable the group to learn well.
    1. When thinking about their ideal environments, participants should consider what makes them feel comfortable, relaxed, focused, and motivated. The facilitator should prompt the participants to think about how those factors contribute to their learning experiences.
    2. Questions to help the participants brainstorm include: What would the perfect classroom look like to you? What do you like about your current classroom, or what did you like about your previous classrooms? What would you change? What do you like about your favorite room in your house?
  2. CREATE: Each participant receives a box and constructs his/her ideal learning environment. Encourage Mentees to include all types of accommodations and modifications, both realistic and unusual.
  3. Ideal Learning Environment
    1. A realistic accommodation might be desks clustered in a group instead of all facing forward.
    2. An unusual accommodation might be a soft material on the walls to absorb distracting sounds.
    3. An example of another unusual component of the project may be that the ideal learning environment is actually in a tree, because the participant prefers to learn outside or by using his or her hands.
  4. PRESENT: After the participants have finished creating their ideal learning environments, they should reconvene as a group. The facilitator should encourage participants to share their projects, including a few specific descriptions of why the features in the environment are helpful.
    1. This sharing session is important because it enables the participants to connect with each other by learning about their different learning styles and finding commonalities between how they learn and how others like to learn.
    2. It is very important that participants listen to and are respectful of the participant sharing.

SUPPLY LIST

OVERVIEW:
Almost all of the supplies listed below are available for purchase at Michael's Craft Stores. The supplies included on the list are suggestions.

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Cardboard Boxes (1 per participant)
    • Cake boxes, shoe boxes, and square shipping boxes all work well
  • Glue
    • Glue guns, glue sticks, Elmer's Glue
  • Tape
    • Duct tape (different colors and patterns), masking tape
  • Markers
    • Washable and permanent
  • Clean Junk/Recyclables
    • Plastic bottles, egg cartons, Styrofoam, packing materials, cardboard

DECORATING SUPPLIES:

  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Foam - Colorful sheets of foam, foam stickers, foam shapes
  • Feathers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Yarn
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tissue paper
  • Glass marbles
  • Felt
  • Glitter Glue pens
  • Model magic
  • Air dry clay
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Pom-poms

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