Creating a Positive Learning Environment Essay
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Research shows that the learning environment encompasses more than just the classroom that learning and teaching takes place. Many factors contribute to a learning environment, including the students, teachers, parents, school staff, policy makers, specialists, support staff, community members and the different learning spaces and resources available. This reflective journal will discuss some ways that teachers can set up the learning environment to maximise teaching and learning and some potential advantages and difficulties for me as a new teacher.
Education systems and services are integral to setting up a learning environment that maximises teaching and learning. I agree with Munro (2009) that being aware of what services,…show more content…
By creating collaborative relationships we can gain a greater depth of knowledge regarding student’s needs and abilities and implement new teaching practices to maximise teaching and learning. When relationships are built on trust, students and parents can play an active role within the learning environment and teachers and staff can work together to develop a learning environment that caters for and celebrates diversity. Consequently everyone feels a sense of belonging and empowerment because with relationships comes an understanding of the others needs, interests and concerns. Cramer and Stivers (2007, p. 63), argue that “collaboration is no longer an ingredient in school life but an essential feature”, however, not everyone may see it like that. Some staff and parents may not see the value in collaboration, there may not be an inclusive school culture and inclusive policy and practice may not be in place. However, I do believe aspects of these barriers can be overcome by sticking to my core values and beliefs and by becoming an advocate for the inclusive practices I believe in.
This week’s material on the principles of Universal Design forced me to rethink the way curriculum and practices are undertaken and forced me to see teaching and learning in a new light. Pisha and Coyne (2001) discussed how in the past (and still today) the curriculum “locked out” many students with a variety of learning needs. Using principles of Universal Design for Learning teachers can
Characteristics Of School Environment Essay
Education and the school environment are one of the three primary agents of socialization where children and adolescents spend most of their time over any other environment. With this in mind, it is very important that everything about the school environment rears positive outcomes for children and adolescents because they spend most of their time there. This essay will explore the topic of the characteristics of school environments that promote positive student outcomes and the studies that suggest the importance of these characteristics. Some of the characteristics that will be discussed as sub-topics will be the importance of the classroom climate, the teacher-student relationship, the socio-emotional climate of the classroom, school organizational structure, teaching and learning environment and student connectedness to the school. If the school environment is positive and students feel safe and supported, they are more likely to do well and achieve their full potential.
The quality of the classroom setting is one characteristic of school environment that promotes positive outcomes for students. The climate of the classroom is seen as a major determinant of the behaviour and learning of students. It contributes to the academic success of students and predicts the degree to which they participate in learning, how consistently they attend school, how attentive they are in class, how carefully they complete assignment and how committed they are to staying in school and doing well (Doll, 2014). The classroom is accepting, caring, respectful, the atmosphere is honest and the teacher is positive, actively motivate students to learn, expect that students will succeed in school and in life and use effective teaching and learning strategies.
The article “Student perceptions of a positive climate for learning: a case study by Alexia Gillen, Angela Wright and Lucy Spink" (Gillen, 2011), examines students’ perception of a positive classroom climate. A questionnaire was created and given to 116 Grade 7 and 8 students. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected using various methods and the participants were randomly selected. The study indicated that students do perceive particular elements to be important through the creation of a positive climate in supporting their learning. The findings were consistent with other research and it indicated that students do perceive particular elements to be important through the creation of a positive climate in supporting their learning. It concluded that classroom climate plays a major role in shaping the quality of school life and the outcome of learning.
School environments in which adult and student relationships are positive and respectful is another characteristic that is very important to student achievement. Teachers should be warm, caring, and supportive and meet the students’ personal and developmental needs. Developing positive relationships would encourage children who do...
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