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Learning Environment and Student Engagement

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Art Durand

on 18 August 2015

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Transcript of Learning Environment and Student Engagement

Learning Environment and Student Engagement
Caitlin Durand
Peggy Bonnewitz

There are a number of options that can contribute to creating an effective learning environment for students. Connections and relationships are things that students will encounter in all areas of their life and personal connections in my classroom are a great place to start. Through personal relationship I will foster and environment of respect and engagement.
My Philosophy on Reward and Consequences
and How it Might Affect Student Motivation (cont.)
I will not rely on consequences as a main classroom management strategy because I believe it can sabotage student responsibility. It can encourage students to blame the one punishing instead of taking responsibility for their actions. Rather than writing a student a detention for being talkative or disruptive in class I will move their seat so that they will be around someone who does not help them instigate their disruptive behavior or have them pair with another student who does excel so they can work together and help the disruptive student to refocus.
When students take responsibility for their actions, they will become more motivated to behave appropriately.
My Philosophy on Reward and Consequences
and How it Might Affect Student Motivation
I believe that building relationships with my students is an important factor in how they behave in my classroom. When a teacher is respected, students are more likely to respect the rules that teacher sets for the classroom and for the assignments.

I believe rewards should be given to students that not only excel in the class but to those that exemplify good behavior and participate in class discussions. Some examples include: pulling a student aside at the end of the period to acknowledge their effort; recognition of students work by hanging it on the walls around the classroom; randomly give something small, like a sticker or shaped rubber band, when students show initiate or volunteer willingly.
Receiving recognition and rewards promotes good behavior and conditions students to act appropriately.
Management Strategies to Enhance Student Responsibility and Social Development
Provide opportunities for students to become invested in the classroom such as allowing students to create and determine classroom rules with teacher approval
Teacher requires respect and focus from all students
The teacher will not begin addressing the class until they have every student's full attention. This will teach students appropriate social behaviors by requiring them to follow social norms; such as showing respect when it is asked of them.
Critical Elements of an Effective Classroom Environment
Classroom Rules and Procedures
The students should have a clear understanding of the rules and procedures of the classroom
Establish a routine for these procedures such as attendance, bathroom breaks, and ending the class period
Create an safe and organized learning environment
Instructional Strategies
A variety of strategies should be used to engage all students in the learning process
These help the teacher focus on the unit/lesson objectives and takes all learning styles into consideration
Management Strategies
Utilize management strategies that promote and enhance student responsibility and social development
Teaches students to become accountable for their actions and grades as well as how to appropriately interact with their peers and conduct meaningful conversations with others
Student Behavior
Encourage appropriate behavior and prevent inappropriate behavior in the classroom
Reward and punishment plan creates a safe environment that does not tolerate bullying or harassment
Classroom Management (2014). STEDI.org. Retrieved from

Guideline 1: Actively engage students in the learning process
(2014). UNSW Australia. Retrieved from
Strategies to Engage Students in the Learning Process
Encourage Active Learning
Active learning approaches allow students to become the creators of knowledge as opposed to the passive recipients of information
Clearly explain objectives, expectations, and benefits of active learning to students.
Examples of ways teachers can actively engage students:
Use questions to promote partner, group, or class discussions and encourage appropriate debate
Allow students to discover information on their own. The teacher may ask students to state a proposed method for solving a problem rather than asking for the answer
Pairing activities such as "Think, Pair, Share"
Collaborative learning
Cooperative learning
Team learning
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