Saturday, June 16, 2012

Active Learning

As I consider the classroom environment and prep to think about a more brain-friendly classroom, I'm reminded of the following questions:
  1. Who is doing the talking the classroom?
  2. How much time do students spend on active learning?
  3. What is the ratio of collaborative vs independent work?
  4. How often are students given a menu of choices with regard to their learning?
  5. What protocols lead classroom communication?
  6. How are the most needy students served? 
  7. What is done to make sure that all students have equal access to learning?
  8. Do students have time to quietly read books of choice for extended periods of time each day?
  9. In what ways are students responsible for the classroom environment and endeavors?
  10. Are family members invited to take part in classroom events regularly?
There's always room for growth, and these questions will guide my initial cognition investigation during the summer months.