About This Chapter
Classroom Environment for Literacy Instruction - Chapter Summary
In this chapter you will find engaging video and text lessons covering how to create a classroom environment that furthers effective literacy instruction. You will review the constructs of self-efficacy and self monitoring, classroom management techniques, motivating students, time management and creating a safe learning environment, among other topics. At the end of the chapter you should be comfortable:
- Arranging your classroom to benefit reading and writing processes
- Grouping students for literacy instruction
- Motivating students in a learning environment
- Developing units and lessons addressing literacy skills
- Putting learning centers in place in the classroom
The fun video and text lessons in the chapter are equipped with video tags so that you can easily reexamine specific points you wish to go over. The lesson transcripts emphasize the most critical points with bold print for easy identification. You can quickly assess your grip on the material by taking the chapter's multiple-choice practice quizzes and the practice exam at the end of the chapter.
1. Creating a Safe Learning Environment
A safe learning environment requires physical, emotional, and intellectual security for students. Discover ways to create that space for students to think, grow, and learn.
2. Facilitator of Learning: Definition & Concept
In this lesson, we will compare the difference between a teacher as a classroom director, and a facilitator of learning who encourages students to take the lead. We will examine what a facilitator of learning does and how students are benefited.
3. Self-Efficacy & Self-Monitoring in Organizational Behavior
There are many personality characteristics of employees that occur within organizations, which determine their level of success. Self-efficacy and self-monitoring are two traits that can aid companies into developing productive employees.
4. Classroom Management Techniques
Managing the classroom is a challenge that all teachers face, and the decisions and actions a teacher takes in this area are extremely influential. In this lesson, we discuss different aspects of classroom management and the importance of creating a plan before the term begins.
5. The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment
In this lesson, you'll see how motivation affects learning. Discover the behaviors and perspectives that relate to motivation in an educational environment.
6. Student Engagement Strategies
Students learn information in many different ways, which makes engaging diverse student populations challenging. In this lesson, we will define what it means to be actively engaged and explore several best practice strategies for engaging students.
7. Using Wait Time in the Classroom
During class discussion, is the pause between the teacher's question and the student's response important? It is, and the pause between the student's response and the teacher's reaction is also important. In this lesson, we define and discuss both types of wait time and how they can be used to optimize students' learning.
8. How to Use Grouping for Literacy Instruction
There are various ways to use instructional grouping for literacy instruction, such as heterogeneous grouping, dynamic grouping, cooperative learning, and peer tutoring. Learn how these grouping strategies give students opportunities to learn at their individual levels, as well as collaboratively.
9. Implementing Learning Centers for Literacy Instruction
Learning centers are an important and necessary part of literacy instruction. Implementing these centers takes time and organization, and students benefit tremendously from the small group activities that take place in them.
10. Leveling Texts: Pros & Cons, Implementation & Best Practices
Teachers commonly use leveled books to meet the needs of various learners in a literacy classroom. Leveled books are useful literacy tools, but can be disadvantageous when they are overused or utilized incorrectly.
11. Organizing Classroom Space for Reading & Writing
It is very important for teachers to put thought into the physical organization of their classrooms. Learn about specific literacy areas and how to create an environment where readers and writers are motivated, comfortable, and successful.
12. Planning Literacy Instruction: Activities & Examples
What is literacy, and how should we teach it? In this lesson, we'll look at how to teach reading and writing, with specific examples and activities to help guide educators.
13. Time Management in Literacy Instruction
In this lesson, you'll explore time management in literacy instruction and learn techniques to follow a sequential order for teaching literacy skills. You'll also discover how to logically group students to create an effective literacy curriculum that works within a given time frame.
14. Creating Themes, Units & Lessons Targeting Literacy Skills
Literacy teachers are often unable to locate an existing curriculum for the skills they are teaching the students. In this lesson, learn how they thoughtfully develop their own themes, units, and lessons that target the desired literacy skills.
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Other chapters within the GACE Reading: Practice & Study Guide course
- Foundational Learning Theories
- Child Language Development
- Literacy Development & Literary Analysis
- Reading Strategies & Instruction
- Word-Learning Strategies
- Teaching Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
- The Reading & Writing Connection
- Content Analysis Through Reading
- Making Connections While Reading
- Materials for Reading Instruction
- Teaching Diverse Learners
- Teacher & Parent Involvement in Student Learning
- Student Assessments & Evaluations
- Teaching with Technology
- Using Data & Monitoring in Reading Instruction