What is a community of learners?
“A sense of 'connectedness' – in personal,
family and community relationships –
increases a child's ability to interact
successfully with others, and to grow and
Benefits of forming a community
All people involved feel
respected and empowered
Planning around children’s
strengths and interests
Development of support
Promotes awareness of a
Microsystem – People and
associated with child
Mesosystem – Relationships
between those in
These relationships have
direct effect on a child’s
Valuing input and
Asking parents to
assist in the classroom
The learning environment is a reflection of
your core values and beliefs as a teacher.
Three conditions must be met in order to see a
Aesthetics of materials and
Environment as third
Values and beliefs of
“Children in different countries learn ways of
thinking that are necessary to live in their own
culture and community” (TAFE NSW, 2010).
Each child and family bring
Ideas of societal norms
Diversity in contemporary
Catering for different
learning styles increases
Attitude towards learning
Theory of Multiple
Students’ strengths and
Hundred Languages of
“Teachers who are critically reflective focus their attention
both inwardly at their own practice and outwardly at the
social conditions in which these practices are situated”
(Larrivee, 2008, p. 343).
Reflective practice is
important as it helps
Make informed decisions
Justify their practice
Develop mutual trust and
respect with their students
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