Center for Inspired Teaching identifies Five Core Elements of Education that make for an engaging and quality classroom:
Classrooms are built on a foundation of mutual respect, student-student, teacher-student, and teacher-teacher. Classroom management relies on relationship-based discipline, restorative justice, and intrinsic motivation. The classroom is a safe space where all children have the room to thrive and learn.
Student as Expert
The Inspired Teacher views all children as experts as expressed through setting high expectations for learners and espousing a belief in students’ innate desire and right to learn. Students are cast as discoverers and explorers and their interests, discoveries, questions, and voice drive lesson planning.
Purpose, Persistence, and Action
Instruction is designed to motivate and challenge students. Teachers thoughtfully and intentionally plan lessons that naturally inspire children to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally. Students are encouraged to embrace and learn from mistakes and to pursue new discoveries. Students engage in a productive struggle to puzzle through lessons, activities, projects, and challenges.
See a journal entry about a student’s productive struggle here The Fruit of Persistence
Wide-Ranging Evidence of Student Learning
Teaching practice is informed by a wide-ranging collection of evidence of student learning. Multiple types of authentic assessment are collected, analyzed, and displayed. Students are invited to be part of the process, analyzing and reflecting on their own work.
Classrooms are joyful places where students and teachers alike are happy, enthusiastic and engaged. The learning process is always regarded as joyful and fun. Students are approached with optimism from an asset-based stance.
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