ERIC Number: ED480270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Developing Learning Communities in the First Years of School. PEN.
In schooling, a learning community is founded on its members, consisting of teachers, children, parents and people who care. As the person with the professional responsibility for building and sustaining a learning community, the teacher is challenged to attend closely to three key areas: classroom environment, curriculum, and social relationships. A learning community possesses the following characteristics: children work together; children and teachers work together; children and teachers attend to each other; parents are involved in their children's learning; and children are seen as capable learners. Classroom communities can be created through the physical setting, reward systems, communication with parents, displays, community celebrations, and routines. Teachers can become co-learners and collaborators through learning groups and quality listening. Creating an ideal learning environment in the early years of schooling means creating a classroom learning community. (PM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Communication Skills, Curriculum Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Listening Skills, Parent Role, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Primary Education, Teaching Methods
Primary English Teaching Association, P.O. Box 3106, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia. Tel: (02) 9565 1277; Fax: (02) 9565 1070; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.peta.edu.au.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Primary English Teaching Association, Marrickville (Australia).