5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment


5.4 Facilitate students’ responsibility for learning and foster their ability to take initiatives; in so doing they affirm students as active participants in their own learning.

Focus question:
  • In what ways do you affirm students’ capacity as active participants in their own learning?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this slide a student of a year 8 class, who was part of a discussion about the cyclone Nargis disaster in southern Burma, responds to the question: “How did your teacher help your learning?” What is the student’s key phrase that demonstrates this teacher uses contemporary knowledge to inspire her students to take the initiative and continue their investigations beyond the classroom?

Sample 5 GEOG06 [4. Student voice Slide 4]

Further links and resources
Description of the positive influence of discussion and active participation – interactive teaching:
“Discussion makes it possible for learners to hear ideas in their peers’ vocabulary, interact with everyone in the class and challenges students’ and teachers’ thinking. Through these interactive actions, students were able to advance their geographical vocabulary and test and develop their understanding of concepts. Class discussion was commonly mentioned as being important to learning as it produced more interest, enabled students to learn from peers, encouraged active participation, and made things visible.”
Kriewaldt, J.& Hutchinson, N. (2009) Improving Understanding of Accomplished Teaching in School Geography Through and Examination of Learners’ Perspectives. Geographical Education 22: 31
 
1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
Accomplished geography teachers: 
2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
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3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
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4. Understanding students and their communities
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5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

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6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
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7. Planning, assessing and reporting

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8. Progressing professional growth and development

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9. Learning and working collegially

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