About This Chapter
Creating an Effective Math Learning Environment - Chapter Summary
Using the lessons in this chapter, develop new ways to create a climate of creativity and sufficient learning in your math classroom. By the end of the chapter, you will have explored:
- Developing an inclusive, creative, safe and effective learning environment
- The importance of a competent learning environment and its impact on students
- Fostering students' desire to learn beyond the classroom
- Differentiated instruction and blended learning environments
Our instructors have developed the lessons in this chapter to be enjoyable and informative. Take self-assessment quizzes as you work your way through the chapter to see how well you've absorbed the information. Track your progress through the chapter on your Dashboard.
How It Helps
- Fosters awareness: You'll develop an understanding of what's effective for all different kinds of learners.
- Provides strategies: Not only will you come to realize the impact an effective learning environment has on learners, but you'll gain applicable strategies for you to implement in your classroom.
- Encourages student enthusiasm: You'll learn how to inspire students to think creatively and connect math lessons to experiences outside of the classroom.
After completing this chapter, you'll have examined:
- Leaving a positive first impression
- The impact an effective learning environment has on students
- Establishing an inclusive climate for learning
- Encouraging self-motivation, creativity and learning beyond the classroom
- Developing a mathematically rich environment
- Creating a safe learning environment and meeting the needs of your students
- Classroom and behavior management strategies
- Differentiated instruction
- Blended learning techniques
1. Starting the School Year Off Right
We all know that first impressions matter. Teachers have one chance upon meeting new students and need to take the necessary steps to start the year out right. This lesson discusses why an effective start to the school year is important and provides ways to make it happen.
2. Learning Environment in the Classroom: Definition, Impact & Importance
One of the most important things a teacher can do is provide a positive learning experience. Setting up a positive learning environment is tricky, but not difficult. Get ready to learn about how to do this and why.
3. Creating an Inclusive Math Learning Environment
In this lesson, we will explore the components and requirements of creating an inclusive math learning environment. We will also review research-based strategies.
4. How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement
The two of the most important factors in educational success are the student's motivation and level of engagement in the academic environment. In this lesson, we will explore ways to encourage student self-motivation and engagement.
5. Meeting Student Needs in the Classroom
Effective teachers design curriculum and learning activities with individual student needs in mind. This lesson details how students' needs, backgrounds, perspectives, and interests can be reflected in a learning program.
6. How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment
Students in a classroom can attempt to solve problems in a wide variety of creative ways. This lesson defines creativity and then covers barriers to thinking creatively, including response sets and functional fixedness. Finally, the lesson discusses different types of creative problem solving, including brainstorming and working backward.
7. How to Create a Mathematically Rich Learning Environment
In this lesson, you'll learn how you can set up your classroom to encourage your high school students to explore and learn more about math. Learn how desk placement, displays, and manipulatives can have a real impact on learning.
8. Extending & Connecting Learning Beyond the Classroom
This lesson details how teachers can create authentic learning experiences that connect students with communities and practices outside the educational setting and gives examples of what this can look like in the classroom.
9. Creating a Safe Learning Environment in the Classroom
Children learn best when they are in a safe classroom environment, and teachers and families are happier when classrooms feel safe, too. This lesson will give you some ideas on how to create a safe environment for all learners.
10. 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.
11. Classroom Behavior Management Ideas for Teachers
There are many strategies for managing behavior within the classroom. It is important to understand why the behavior occurs before implementing a behavior management plan to address the behavior. This lesson looks at the steps involved prior to developing a behavior management plan.
12. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
13. Blended Learning Strategies
Many schools are incorporating blended learning into their curriculum. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of blended learning and strategies for fostering a blended learning environment.
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Other chapters within the Instructional Strategies for Teaching Math course
- Standards & Planning for Math Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement in Math
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies for Math
- Teaching Critical Thinking, Logic & Reasoning in Math
- Integrating Math with Other Disciplines
- Using Technology in the Math Classroom
- Teaching Strategies for At-Risk Math Students
- Assessing Student Learning & Providing Feedback