What’s Your Classroom Environment? 

After talking with Dean Shareski at the TLE event for the #HWDSBTLE, I re-realized there needs to be certain conditions for learning to take place. If these conditions are not in place, learning might still happen but I need to ask on what level? Dean points out learning needs to be many things, but these five stick out in my mind:

  • Learning is social and connected
  • Learning is personal and self-directed
  • Learning is shared and transparent
  • Learning is rich in content and diversity
  • Learning ought to be joyful


I didn’t think of these statements, they belong to Dean http://www.slideshare.net/shareski in fact I would encourage you to check out all his slideshares, you can only imagine what he was saying for some of them.

Now think of yourself for a moment, are you making learning all of the above? I know at one point I wasn’t, but throughout my career I have learned to become more of a learner than a teacher by passing a shared responsibility onto my students.

But now in my current role, I am figuring out ways to encourage other teachers to adopt a learning philosophy such as above (or create one that really works for students and not teachers alone).

If you have any ideas how to create these conditions, I would love to hear them. If you disagree or agree with me too, let me know. Send me a tweet @MrBillForrester or make post.