It’s the start of another school year and we are running around organising getting to know you type activities, collaborating on class rules etc. Why?
- we are people and people like to make connections with others.
- because research has proven that creating a supportive learning environment has a positive impact on student learning.
This is why creating a supportive learning environment is included in the Effective Pedagogy section of the New Zealand Curriculum. This approach recognises that learning takes place in a social and cultural context.
From a student perspective this means that learning occurs best when they:
- enjoy positive relationships (see anything by Russell Bishop e.g. http://cognitioneducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Russell-Bishop-Editorial-for-CPCO.pdf)
- feel accepted (this reminds me of Nathan Mikaere Wallis’ finding from neuroscience research that the safer you feel, the more learning you can do).
- are able to be active members of their learning community
Effective teachers will: Continue reading