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View Beneath Their Feet: Thinking Critically About Classroom Rugs
Wednesday March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Sandra Duncan, Classroom Design Expert
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning
There are times when it is important to watch the view beneath your feet such as when walking on a muddy trail, rocky pathway, uneven sidewalk, or bumpy walkway. We are careful when traversing down steep stairs, climbing up and down a tall step ladder, or getting in and out of a wobbly canoe. When unfamiliar with the landscape or unsure of our footing, we watch our step because we don’t want to trip, stumble, or—worst case scenario—fall. What’s below our feet tells us how to act and move. An uneven walking surface sends a message to slow down and mind our step, or, when coming down a steep hill, our brains send a message to our bodies to walk with care and our eyes help us to find the best way down. The view beneath our feet informs us how to navigate and move about the space. Likewise, the view beneath children’s feet sends important messages about how to move about the classroom environment.
Watch Classroom Design Expert Dr. Sandra Duncan in this edWebinar to learn how area rugs play a critical role in defining spaces and helping children navigate the classroom. Viewers will become knowledgeable about the purpose of rugs, their selection, and how to position them in the classroom. They will understand how to determine the appropriate size, shape, type, and design of the rugs for your classroom. PreK educators will benefit from attending this session. Viewers will walk away from this recorded presentation with a new appreciation and perspective about rugs as an important element of classroom design.
About the Presenter
With almost 50 years of experience in the early care and education field, Dr. Sandra Duncan has extensive experiences in publishing curricula and teacher resources, playing with young children, training early childhood professionals, teaching at the university level, designing professional development programs, working with parents and CDA candidates, and authoring several books such as Inspiring Spaces for Young Children; Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Spaces (ROSIE); Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments that Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities; Bringing the Outside In: Ideas for Creating Nature-Based Classroom Experiences for Young Children; and Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Affects Behavior and Learning (TBP in November 2018) as well as numerous articles on early childhood environments and connecting children with nature.
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