Imagine that you are entering a classroom for the first time. What do you see? What are your first impressions? What images are speaking to your soul? Many of us naturally adjust to our daily surroundings and therefore become numb to the messages they send. Because the messages conveyed can be both clear and hidden, we must take a fresh look at our classroom environment.
Charlotte Mason, a favored educator of the 19th century, pioneered a return to the ancient methods of education. She believed that education was more than just stacks of textbooks, large cold classrooms and academic bureaucracy. She argued that education is upheld by three pillars: education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life. The first pillar, education as an atmosphere, will be the focus of this article.