Engaging Children the Classroom

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Creating Effective Learning Environment: Challenging & Engaging Students within the classroom.

Commissioned by

Tania Baldetti

24/05/10

Table of contents

1.0 Introduction.........................................................................................................1

2.0 Key strategies......................................................................................................1

2.1 Collaborative Learning..........................................................................................1

2.2 Information and Communication Technology (ICT).............................................2

2.3 Real Life Situations in the classroom...................................................................2

3.0 IMpacts of Strategies..........................................................................................3

3.1 Strengths...............................................................................................................3

3.2 Weaknesses..........................................................................................................3

3.3 Opportunities.........................................................................................................4

3.4 Threats..................................................................................................................4

4.0 Lesson Plans..............................................................................................5

5.0 Reflection.............................................................................................................6

6.0 Bibliography........................................................................................................7

1.0 Introduction

For this report, I will be focusing on the behavioural issues within my practicum classroom, which consisted of 27 grade 1/2 students. I have chosen to focus on this large group of students due to the lack of involvement and motivation these students demonstrated within their class environment. During my observations, I witnessed a majority of students disinterest in topics taught; they were constantly misbehaving and were continuously commenting on how ‘boring’ class work was. Using these observations I have developed strategies which were implemented during my practicum to re engage and challenge this group of students, as well as provide motivation towards their classroom work and environment.

Students who are not engaged or challenged within their classroom environment will not reach their full learning potential. According to Pike (2009) ‘Students learn best when they are engaged in their learning and when learning activities, resources and materials are presented as part of well designed learning environments’ I found that these students needed learning activities which were more hands on and allowed them to interact with their fellow students such as using collaborative learning, ICT and some activities in which they could relate their knowledge to real life situations.

2.0 Key strategies

To re-engage and challenge this group of students, I used a range of activities which allowed them to engage in their own learning, challenge their knowledge and allow them to work with their fellow peers providing the social aspect of schooling these students prefer.

1. Collaborative Learning

‘Collaborative learning is a way in which children can be engaged as it not only challenges them to incorporate their previous knowledge and skills with their fellow classmates but it also allows them to work in groups/teams which keeps them engaged in the task which needs to be completed’ (Srinivas, 2008).

In relation to this group of students, Collaborative...
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