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.