Steele`s 6 Functions of the Classroom Setting

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STEELE’S 6 FUNCTIONS OF
THE CLASSROOM SETTING
P R E S E N TAT I O N B Y: M A R Y S E A R L S 9 / 2 9 / 1 4
P R A C T I C U M :
M R S .
C A P E L ’ S
B E L L W O O D
1
S T
G R A D E
E L E M E N T A R Y
C L A S S
1. SECURITY & SHELTER
The classroom should provide physical and psychological security for students.
Schedules/
Procedures
Safety
precautions
Clear rules
Emergency plans
Student
voices
welcomed
2. SOCIAL CONTACT
The classroom should promote and encourage positive social interactions between
students.
Relaxed
environment
Desks facing
each other
Circular set up of groups
Shared
supplies
3. SYMBOLIC IDENTIFICATION
The classroom should effectively communicate information about the students
through visual displays that allow students to identify with their classroom.
Tangible praise“Table 3 is knocking
my socks off!”
Pictures to represent
students’ feelings
Pictures with schedule
Displays of students’ lives
4. TASK INSTRUMENTALITY
The classroom organized to give students a clear understanding of the expectations
and responsibilities that they have. Tasks should be clear and defined. This
should be supported by the physical environment.
Place for student
belongings
Easy access to
materials
Labels
Cubbies
5. PLEASURE
The classroom should be set up in a way that is pleasing to its students. This includes
Reading
rugtheir emotional
being appealing to their senses and physical needs,
as well as
and mental needs.
Comfort
Decorations &
bright colors
Promethean
board
Comfort
Reading rug
Toys, music, student
interaction in lessons
6. GROWTH
The classroom should function in such a way that promotes positive growth in
students emotionally, physically, and mentally.
The alphabet and
its applications
Studying every day life
and making connections
Learning
to
plan
ahead
and
follow
schedules
Vocabulary
Days of the
week, months,
money,
temperature,
seasons
WORKS CITED
All photographs and definitions were created by Mary Searls. Photographs were taken
on 9/29/14 at Bellwood Elementary in Mrs. Capel’s first grade classroom. All
definitions were created from information discussed in Mrs. Branch’s TEDU 410
class.

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