PTC 7 Learning Environment

Criteria: Promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment

Reflective question: How does my teaching practice promote an environment where learners feel safe to explore ideas and respond respectfully to others in the group?

Key Indicators:

  • Demonstrate effective management of the learning setting which incorporates successful strategies to engage and motivate ākonga
  • Foster trust, respect and co-operation with and among ākonga
Link to the New Zealand Curriculum:
  • The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau and communities (p.9)
  • The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning
  • The teacher provides effective management of the learning setting through trust, respect and the building of relationships
RTC 7 & e-learning – guiding question:

How do I promote a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive learning environment that embraces e-learning and engages learners?

Questions I have asked myself:
  • Do I understand the effective pedagogy section of the NZ Curriculum?
  • What does effective learning setting management look like?
  • What are successful motivation strategies?
  • How have I incorporated motivation strategies into my planning and execution of lessons?
  • How do my teaching styles foster trust, respect and co-operation?
  • How do I manage learning setting behaviour?
  • How do I learn from others’ practices, both positive and negative?
  • How does my teaching practice promote an environment where learners feel safe to explore ideas and respond respectfully to others in the group?
Strategies that have helped me:
  • Teaching observations focussing on the effective learning environment
  • Use of equipment in the learning setting
  • Involvement in professional development – staff and community
  • Professional discussions
  • Actively seeking feedback on performance in this criteria area
  • Understanding questioning techniques
  • Information recorded for reflection.
  • Effective planning
  • Visits to observe other teachers
  • Understanding and using co-operative and inquiry learning
  • Learning setting environment and structure (seating plans)
  • Established routines
  • What do I do well?
  • How do I obtain feedback to ensure this is occurring?
  • Who might I ask for critical feedback?
  • Who can advise me in this area?
Evidence that might support this:
  • List of professional development undertaken – notes on opportunities taken to learn or practise skills
  • Examples of planning based on promoting an effective learning environment and classroom observations/feedback discussions
  • Examples where staff, students, parents or the local community have appreciated my interest, interactions with parents, whānau
  • Teacher has effective support – regular meetings with mentor
  • Group learning, class discussion, student feedback/survey, student work displays noted in observations
  • Appropriate classroom resources, good environment in the classroom
  • Lesson planning, classroom management, positive role model(s), clear expectations, issues resolved promptly
  • High expectations of the learners, students engage in learning, differentiated learning, classroom culture of inquiry, through classroom observations