Learning Environment


Describing an Effective Learning Environment
A responsive mathematics learning environment involves . . .



  • Meeting the social-emotional needs of all students, K-12, by ensuring:
    • respect for their developmental needs
    • support for risk-taking in learning mathematics
    • positive attitudes and beliefs about mathematics
    • collaboratively constructed class norms
  • Optimizing the physical set-up of the classroom by ensuring:
  • space for collaborative work
  • equitable access for a variety of tools, mathematics learning resources, concrete materials, technology and manipulatives
  • the display of student thinking that reflects the mathematics topics currently being taught

    For more information, consult: Paying Attention to Mathematics Education - Seven Foundational Principles (Page8 )

A learning environment that is welcoming, inviting and engaging is a place where:

  • all learners have agreed upon ways of working and learning together
  • all learners know what is expected of them – in their learning and their interaction with others
  • people obviously enjoy each other’s company and work productively together
  • the teacher attends over time, to individuals, small groups, and whole class, and is always aware of everyone in the room
  • students have choices in their learning
  • all learners respect and value individual differences

    For more information, consult: The 2010 DI Educator’s Guide


Building an Effective Learning Environment

Classroom Dynamics
“These effective practices occur when there is skilled delivery of the Ontario curriculum in an environment of positive Classroom Dynamics.  Reaching every student in the Mathematics classroom demands the implementation of effective differentiated instruction and assessment practices.”
...Classroom Dynamics +

Classroom Dynamics - Overview
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Check Lists – Samples and Illustrations DOC
   
Classroom Dynamics Examined through Checklists
   This 3 page resource includes a checklist for teachers to help determine the
strategies they have in place to establish positive classroom dynamics, and to
identify elements they have not yet considered.
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Classroom Dynamics Examined through Self-Reflection
This 5 Page resource for teachers focuses on 3 key areas of Classroom Dynamics:
Classroom Management, Classroom Set-up and Relationships. Each focus area
contains a 3 column outline of Current Practice, Self Reflection and Action plan.
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Examples DOC
   
Classroom Dynamics: Working with Critical Friends
This 5 Page resource for teachers focuses on 3 key areas of Classroom Dynamics:
Classroom Management, Classroom Set-up and Relationships. Each focus area
contains a 3 column outline of Current Practice, Self Reflection and Action plan.
DOC
   
Examples DOC

Classroom Management / Dynamics 
These resources for teachers focus on classroom management and the
development of students’ social skills.

Social Skills Anchor Charts PDF
   
Learning Skills Recording Sheets
PDF


Supports
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These documents provide considerations for designing effective physical, social and learning environments.

Coaching for Student Success webcast - June 2007   Webcast
     
Creating A Positive Learning Environment
  PDF

Differentiating Instruction 7-8 – M.J. Hobbs Senior P.S., KPRDSB, Jaime Edwards Key Elements

• Cooperative Learning – Group Problem
  Solving with a focus on individual accountability
• Differentiated by readiness- problems vary in complexity
• use of Math manipulatives
  Context – Grade 8 Mathematics – Proportion
  MP4

Differentiating Instruction Secondary – Centennial SS, HPEDSB, Richard Long   MP4
     
Kindergarten Matters: Building Blocks for Learning (Jan. 2007)   Webcast
     
Learning Mathematics vs. Following "Rules": the Value of Student-Generated Methods
(March 2007)
  PDF

Math Talk Learning Communities

Math Talk Learning Community – Research Synopsis   PDF

Math Talk Learning Communities In Action +

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Grade 9 Applied

Introduction   MP4
     
Teacher and Administration Interview   MP4
     
Student Interview   MP4
     
Next Steps   MP4
     
Lesson Introduction   MP4
     
Lesson   MP4
     
Lesson Debrief   MP4


Maximizing Student Mathematical Learning in the Early Years (Sept. 2011)   PDF
     
Moving Away From . . . Moving Towards . . .
  PPT

Snapshots of Effective Practice - Doug Clements: Early Mathematics – Sept. 2012   Webcast
     
Supporting Numeracy: Building a Community of Practice, K-12 (August 2012)   PDF
     
Supporting Numeracy: Building a Community of Practice, K-12 , Annotated
Bibliography, (August 2012)
  DOC
     
The Third Teacher (August 2012)   PDF
     
Understanding Geometric Figures through Drawing and Paper Folding – May 2012   Webcast