As a classroom teacher you are expected to contribute in a positive way to raising standards: collaborating with colleagues, sharing expertise and learning from practice and others. Management of learning involves creating happy and excited learners through the creation of a stimulating learning environment, opportunities to investigate, explore and grow intellectually, morally, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically.
Though teaching style is influenced by the teacher’s own personality, background and training there are certain characteristics and a required standard expected of all teachers in the management of learning process.
Management of Learning Areas
Lesson plans should be prepared in advance for all lessons. Each plan for learning should be in sufficient detail that a ‘cover teacher’ or observer can follow and understand the main features, teaching & learning methods and intended lesson outcomes.
Be well organised ensuring the room/area is arranged appropriately for the lesson and there is easy access to relevant, well labelled resources which are tidily and safely arranged.
Use a variety of methods, materials, teaching aids to motivate student learning and sustain attention.
Begin lessons positively with ‘a hook’ to focus attention and a clear explanation
of the learning objectives and the expectations you have e.g. of the presentation of students’ work and of their response to questioning.
During lessons make good use of time and ensure that pace is maintained. Set timed targets for student activities and your teaching. Have balance between activities which are short and succinct and those which are more open ended and which take longer to complete ensure learning is broken down into achievable targets.
Actively involve students by using their own prior knowledge, experiences, interests or questions as starting points. Set learning in the context of real life situations. Include a variety of experiences, e.g. doing, observing, talking, listening, discussing with teachers and other students, reflecting, drafting, reading and writing.
Give clear instructions and check student learning and understanding. Continually check what knowledge, skills and concepts students have, or have not grasped though a variety of methods of assessment.
Make good use of classroom assistants when available.
Have a structured orderly conclusion to the lesson (plenary) review, recall and re-connect to what has been taught before and what is to come.
Management of Learning in the classroom teaching student is the vital part of the process. Planning lessons, developing resources and schemes of work are all parts of management of learning. Classroom teachers, heads of department and senior leadership are also responsible for the management of learning and development throughout the school.
Written by: Education Tay RCB