Inspire to connect a learning desire

McLennan, Brad and Peel, Karen (2011) Inspire to connect a learning desire. In: Creating connections in teaching and learning. Research on Teaching and Learning . Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. United States, pp. 33-45. ISBN 978-1-61735-550-9

Abstract

This chapter utilises snapshots to illuminate the connection that takes place inside the author's classroom, to assist students to achieve their full potential. The classroom environment is based on teamwork and provides a structure which supports both teachers and students to create a micro community of 'switched-on' learners. The walls are proudly adorned with students' work, informative charts, photographs and other significant memorabilia. The words Positive, Proactive, Prepared and Polite frame our social literacy and are modelled by us as coconnections; classes; groupsllaborative teachers and reinforced through self regulation and mutual respect. Leadership is promoted, encouraged, fostered and celebrated. The curriculum is delivered using what we call Motivational Pedagogy to engage and instil a love of learning in our preadolescent and adolescent students. A unit integrating device we have constructed generates a practical, real world context for inquiry, which can then be utilised to unveil learning throughout the term. The expectations' bar is set high and supported by positive, constructive and honest feedback which builds student self confidence and esteem. The classroom is a vibrant, evolving environment and evidence will be presented on how this carefully constructed learning environment contributes to the creation of individual student identity, their sense of belonging and a feeling of holistic connectedness. For teachers seeking reward in their profession, this is a proven recipe for classroom success.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 371.102 Cre.
Depositing User: Mr Bradley McLennan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:06
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 02:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: interrelationships; connections; classes; groups
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20619

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