Our Classroom Climate

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Our Classroom Climate2018-04-23T10:11:28+00:00

All students, regardless of their differences, are educated together, everyone benefits—this is the cornerstone of inclusive education.

Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side by side in the same classroom, and we value diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. A successful classroom is one that looks, very much like an interactive classroom.

Effective Classroom Talk

  • It is a very loud classroom: students verbalising what they are doing in terms of meeting a learning outcome, the strategies that they are following, and whether or not they are working

  • Students are all the time looking at what they have done, self-assessing what they have done, and talking about what they have done

Teacher Modelling

  • Teachers encourage students to question, question where they are before the task, during the task, after the task

  • Teachers cultivate students’ abilities to reflect on, monitor, and evaluate their learning strategies

A cultural shift; it is about Time

  • Giving students and teachers time to develop metacognitive strategies in the school

  • Allowing plenty of time for discussion of strategies

  • Devoting time to planning

  • Thinking about strategies in advance of the activity

Without fear of failure

  • John Hattie says ‘mistakes are the essence of learning’.

  • if a student fails, that student learns from that failure rather than sees that as a way of stopping the learning

  • it is like thinking about thinking and your performance

  • Looking at evaluation and self-assessment

Reflexive Thinking

  • Students learn to “think about their own thinking.”

  • Students begin to challenge their own biases and become more flexible and adaptive thinkers

  • At the end of lesson, young people become more self-reliant, flexible, and productive