Establishing a Learning Climate in Class
I am a student teacher in Mathematics and I am in my final year (bachelor) before graduation. At the moment I am working as a student teacher in an internship.
I teach mathematics and arithmetic in Dutch secondary education (ages 14-15). The school where I work has a special educational concept, in which pupils are supposed to be responsible for their own learning. In this concept, after a very short classical instruction, pupils are working independently on their tasks.
In this specific group of pupils, I have the feeling that there is no positive learning atmosphere. After the classical instruction, the majority of the group show non-task related behaviour. Pupils are talking with their neighbours, they walk through the classroom to talk, they are very laid-back or they are doing other things on their mobile of their laptops. They do a lot of things, but NOT their arithmetic that they are supposed to be doing.
I hold the opinion that as a teacher, you are responsible for the learning of pupils in your class and for their development in the subject taught. This is the main purpose of education: pupils need to learn. When pupils are not working during the lesson, they can not learn. At the end of the year they all need to pass their arithmetic assessment. I feel it is my responsibility as a teacher to prepare my pupils for that in the best possible way. And that is why I think that it is my responsibility that pupils use their time in class sufficiently.
How can I establish a task-related atmosphere (learning climate) for the pupils in this class?
- Literature search (tool 35)
- Conversations and feedback from mentor teacher (tool 6, 9, 10)
- Conversations/interviews with pupils (tool 13)
- Experiment (tool 18)
- Classroom leadership questionnaire (tool 3 and 3a)
- Tool 35 How to search literature
- Tool 6 Videorecordings support reflection and action planning
- Tool 9 Talk to colleagues
- Tool 10 Collegial case review
- Tool 13 Interview pupils
- Tool 18 Reflective diary
- Tool 3 Classroom leadership questionnaire
- Tool 3a Classroom leadership questionnaire - valuation sheet