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Physical Structure


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Physical Structure

  1. 1. Structured Classroom Series:Physical Structure<br />Sponsored by FDLRS Action Resource Center<br />
  2. 2. Sketch Your Classroom<br />
  3. 3. Physical Structure<br />Take <br />Note!<br />What is it?<br />Physical Structure refers to the organization of the physical learning environment.<br />It takes into consideration the amount/type and use of furniture within the physical space.<br />Why is it important?<br />The physical environment presents many barriers for students experiencing sensory,<br />Behavioral and communication difficulties.<br />Effective Physical Structure ensures staff & student safety & security.<br />
  4. 4. Physical Structure<br />Take <br />Note!<br />What do I need to know about it?<br />visual <br /><ul><li>Physical structure provides clear ________ __________ & academic/behavioral expectations.</li></ul>boundaries <br />scaffolding<br /><ul><li>Physical Structure provides ______________for </li></ul> students to promote optimal _______________ in the learning process.<br />engagement<br />mobile<br /><ul><li>Boundaries should be_________ to provide </li></ul> flexibility for change.<br />
  5. 5. Physical Structure<br />Take <br />Note!<br />What do I need to know about it?<br /><ul><li>Physical Structure should be re-examined and __________ as students require ________ </li></ul> support.<br />adjusted<br />less<br />over-structure<br /><ul><li>Do not _________________by providing </li></ul> unnecessary supports. Data can be collected to <br /> assist in making decisions for _________ <br /> supports.<br /> fading<br />
  6. 6. Characteristics of effective physical structure in the classroom<br />What do teachers think about the importance of physical structure?<br />Structuring the<br />classroom for<br />diverse learners<br />Structuring the<br />play center<br />
  7. 7. How does physical structure support student needs?<br /><ul><li>Sensory Needs
  8. 8. Behavioral Support
  9. 9. Communication
  10. 10. Intellectual Capability
  11. 11. Physical Ability
  12. 12. Health Considerations</li></ul>More intensive need<br />Increase Physical Structure scaffolding<br />Less intensive need<br />Fade Physical Structure scaffolding<br />
  13. 13. Physical Structure: Classroom Configuration<br /><br />
  14. 14. Physical Structure outside the classroom<br />What is the GOAL?<br /><ul><li>Provide physical structure that is matched to student need.
  15. 15. Always seek opportunities for student engagement across all campus settings.
  16. 16. Fade physical supports when student demonstrates readiness. </li></ul>Consider…<br /><ul><li>Cafeteria
  17. 17. PE/Fields
  18. 18. Gymnasium
  19. 19. Playground
  20. 20. Transitions</li></li></ul><li>Individual think/write<br />Think of a student whom you are supporting <br />outside of your structured classroom.<br />What elements of physical structure must you consider<br /> in order for this student to be successful in<br /> general education/campus settings?<br />
  21. 21. Video Review<br />How do these teachers use physical structure and organization to support individual learner profile?<br />Look for evidence of…<br /><ul><li>Visual support
  22. 22. Enhanced opportunities for </li></ul> communication<br /><ul><li>Behavioral support
  23. 23. Data collection opportunities</li></ul>PS Video<br />
  24. 24. Physical Structuresummary<br />Refers to the way in which we set-up and organize the physical environment<br />Teaches boundaries (where an area begins and ends)<br />Minimizes distractions (visual and auditory)<br />Increases student independence<br />Conveys expectations<br />