How to Create a Culture for Learning

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

What is a culture of learning? And how do you develop one in your own classroom? Learn what such a classroom tends to look like, and a few of the things you might do to achieve it.

What is a Culture for Learning?

The goal of teaching is to impart knowledge and skills - it's an amazing gift that we should all have the opportunity to receive. But it only takes you so far. If, on the other hand, you're able to give your students a love of learning and the tools necessary to learn more themselves, that's a gift that keeps on giving. It's like teaching a man to fish - far more useful than a single fish will ever be. But how do you do that?

A big part of it is learning to develop a culture for learning. If we can create classroom communities that contain this culture, our students will be highly successful. A culture for learning is any classroom culture where the atmosphere encourages learning and gives students ownership over the process. A culture for learning isn't a classroom where students simply listen to the teacher and do their work. A true culture for learning is one where students are in charge of their own learning, and actively push and motivate themselves and their classmates.

In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to create such a culture, and what it looks like.

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