Creating an Environment Conducive to Learning

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Creating an environment conducive to learning

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Department of Education and Early Childhood Development| | |
Learning encompasses three broad domains—knowledge, behaviours and attitudes. When we create a positive environment for learning, we set the conditions for students to move through a range of behaviours in each domain, from simple to increasingly complex, until they achieve mastery of the course learning outcomes. The challenge of creating a positive learning environment is one that all teachers face regardless of the physical environment in which learning takes place. Learning can occur in many settings, not just in the classroom. Accordingly, the term “classroom” in this book is used figuratively and includes a wide range of learning environments. Creating a positive learning environment is the cornerstone of effective teaching. In order for our students to succeed, they must first believe they can succeed. Students must have confidence in their abilities and they must feel that the teacher shares that confidence. A positive learning environment nurtures these feelings by allowing students to explore and expand their knowledge without undue risk or fear. A positive environment is fostered when learning outcomes and expectations are clearly communicated to the student. Students have a wide range of learning needs and styles, and this diversity must be taken into account in employing a variety of teaching strategies. The size of the classroom, the arrangement of the furniture, the functioning of equipment and other physical aspects of the class all contribute to, or detract from, the learning environment. When these factors can be manipulated to be positive influences, an environment more conducive to learning will be created.Creating a positive learning environment is the cornerstone of effective teaching.As teachers we are accountable to our students, as well as to their future employers. We assist students to achieve course and program learning outcomes. The success of our efforts depends on our ability to create and maintain favourable instructional, physical and psychological learning environments. A positive learning environment is one in which all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. As conscientious teachers, we need to become aware of our own assumptions and guard against acting out our own biases. We must avoid creating or tolerating a climate in the classroom which in any way results in the unfair treatment of an individual because of his or her identity.AccessIn order for learning to become accessible to a student, it needs to be presented in an atmosphere free from fear or humiliation. Students need clear expectations of learning outcomes so they can measure these against the skills they already have in order to establish their learning goals. Students also require access to the physical resources necessary to achieve their learning goals.QualityHigh academic standards can only be maintained within a learning atmosphere which honours the diversity and integrity of each individual, builds self-esteem, provides productive and purposeful learning activities, and prepares students for responsible citizenship.Whatever level of motivation your students bring to the classroom will be transformed for better or worse, by what happens in that classroom. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development| | |

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From the day children are born, they enter a new and colourful world of discovery, where everything is new and unfamiliar. To get to know themselves, others and their worlds, they need to feel safe and confident. Creating rich, stimulating, engaging environments for them to explore will ensure that they are active participants in their own learning.The Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum is based on the vision all children can grow to their fullest potential with dignity, a sense of self...
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