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Learning Environments & Classroom Management - Chapter Summary
The way in which a classroom is organized sets the tone for the type of learning environment students will experience. Likewise, implementing an effective classroom management strategy is necessary to define clear expectations and promote learning. Study useful techniques to accomplish both in this chapter.
In these lessons, experienced instructors outline practical methods for creating a safe and positive learning environment which includes resourceful use of classroom management techniques. You'll examine relevant tips that can be readily applied to your classroom, including:
- Designing a learner-centered classroom
- Setting teacher and student expectations
- Adapting the classroom for differentiated instruction
- Minimizing problematic behaviors in the classroom
- Modeling appropriate communication
- Useful classroom technology, including assistive technology
Explore each lesson at your own pace while taking advantage of the useful resources offered in this course. Utilize the brief multiple-choice lesson quizzes and comprehensive chapter exam to gauge your comprehension and identify areas you might need to review. These interactive assessments contain embedded links that allow you to go back to specific points within the lessons for quicker review. You can also use the printable resources, including quiz worksheets and video lesson transcripts to study offline. Additionally, instructors are always available to answer any questions.
1. 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.
2. Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom & Environment
Education is moving toward a more learner-centered model, where student needs and interests are used to develop lessons and activities. This lesson explores how a learner-centered model is applied to the classroom.
3. 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.
4. Classroom Norms: Setting Expectations with Students
Establishing classroom norms and setting expectations is an incredibly important first step towards helping your students behave responsibly and work to the best of their ability. This lesson will discuss some strategies to successfully establish classroom norms.
5. Teacher Expectations & Attributions
Attributions for success and failure drive future expectations for learning and success. Students attribute their successes or failures to a number of factors. Teachers also make attributions for student performance. This lesson will explore teacher expectations and attributions that affect classroom and individual student performance.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom
This lesson covers several options for reducing bad behavior in the classroom, including time out, satiation and token economies. The lesson touches on how to use these techniques, and what to avoid when trying to encourage good behavior.
9. Building Community in the Classroom: Ideas & Activities
Building a strong classroom community is key for creating a safe, productive learning environment. This lesson will give some tips and activities you can use to build a strong community in your classroom.
10. Modeling Oral & Written Communication Skills in the Classroom
In this lesson, we'll discuss relevant techniques for modeling appropriate oral and written communication skills in the classroom. We'll also explore what modeling means and how to use this approach to enhance student performance and participation.
11. Classroom Technology Tools
In the past, a film projector was the height of technology in schools. Today, teachers have technology at their fingertips on a daily basis. What are these tools and how are they being used? This video lesson will bring you up to speed on classroom technology tools.
12. 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.
13. Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Types & Uses
Students with disabilities benefit from using assistive technology. In this lesson, you will learn why assistive technology is used and the different types of assistive technology that are available.
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