Standard #3: Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
3(a) The teacher collaborates with learners, families, and colleagues to build a safe, positive learning climate of openness, mutual respect, support, and inquiry. (Performances)
3(i) The teacher understands the relationship between motivation and engagement and knows how to design learning experiences using strategies that build learner self-direction and ownership of learning. (Essential Knowledge)
3(n) The teacher is committed to working with learners, colleagues, families, and communities to establish positive and supportive learning environments. (Critical Dispositions)
In my words: I will create a positive classroom environment that incorporates both individual and group learning, with a student-centered approach that encourages personal responsibility and self-motivation.
Gallery of Artifacts:
Introductory Letter to Parents
My Classroom with ‘I Can’ Standards hung in the front. I created this to hold the standards/statements for students to view every day.
‘I Can’ Standards Bulletin Board
A sample of my group project sheets. This is for Group One. I adapted these and made them my own!
Google Classroom Discussion Board – Is Love Rational or Irrational?
Peer-editing for the Old Man and the Sea papers–gives ownership and responsibility while encouraging students to work together.
‘P’ for Peanut-Butter-Hater, ‘A’ for Anarchist, ‘H’ for fear of Heights, and ‘I’ for Innocent.
I was able to join in on the discussion and give information, feedback, comments, and pose questions.
Sentences Competition! I created this as an extension activity for my students!
I gave a book talk on one of my favorite books for the second day of classes to introduce myself to students and connect with reading!
Book Club is all about collaborative, engaging learning environments! Students got to know one another at first, then they talk through assignments and we discuss as a group.
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