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Classroom Design for Student Agency

Create Spaces to Empower Young Readers and Writers

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Classrooms should be spaces where every child feels safe to bring their whole self to school. This book shows how to set up preK–grade 6 classrooms that support student agency, independence, and choice. The results of classrooms designed with these goals in mind include:

  • Greater student engagement with curriculum
  • Students who know themselves and are empowered as learners
  • Students who feel valued and care about their learning as well as the learning of others
  • A more cohesive, authentic, and accepting community of learners
  • Opportunities for choice and decision-making by all learners
With examples drawn from real classrooms, the authors demonstrate how to make choices in seating, materials used, books read, and more. Special attention is paid to the design of classroom libraries in which a variety of diverse, quality books anchor so much of the work in helping young readers and writers grow and learn.
The book is richly illustrated with photos and samples to provide an inside look at classrooms in which children are centered and the teacher is responsive to creating spaces with student agency in mind.
172 pp. 2023. Grades PreK–6

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