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Best Practices - Need for Secondary Education Learning Communities

Can learning communities Contribute to The secondary education student's ACADemic success?

Several key facets pertaining to the advantages of learning communities are presented in the following reading selection provided by Al Bruno.


Moving Class Meetings Along

As he second month of the spring semester is about to conclude, what are your impressions of student enthusiasm thus far? How might you characterize your level of enthusiasm thus far?  Are students demonstrating mounting interest and engagement in the course(s) you are teaching? Are class discussions spirited and well informed? Are student samples of early projects and class assignments encouraging?

What instructional or management modifications appear to be needed in order to maintain, strengthen or broaden student participation and collaboration?


Off To An Exciting New Year and Semester?

Many provocative instructional and learning challenges are likely to emerge in the new year and semester. What do you anticipate as critical challenges that you and students will encounter this semester related to expectations related to the goals, subject matter content, course projects, participation and achievements of your course(s)? 


A New Semester and Year: Reflecting on Instruction and Student Learning

With each new semester or training session comes a unique opportunity for a fresh and exciting start.  Given that we are entering a new year, there is further inducement to reflect more carefully on our instruction and learning methods, styles and activities.


Nurturing a classroom culture of collaborative interaction

Now that you have had several class meetings and have met your students, what are your initial impressions? How will you capitalize on the impressions that students have made to create a learning environment that includes increasingly greater student-student and student-instructor collaboration and interaction?


The New Academic Year is About to Commence

For both veteran and rookie faculty there are usually varying degrees of anxiety that come with the start of a new semester of  instruction. Organization and management of the instructional program are quite demanding to say the least.

What have you found to be essential considerations in your course preparation for the first couple class meetings?


What can we do to increase student motivation and participation in our courses?

It's surely been a long-cold winter and the spring semester opened only recently. Student participation, while usually slow to warm up, has not been particulalry inspiring thus far in the course I am teaching. In past courses I have taught, class participation has helped sustain student interest in the course content and has provided an excellent vehicle for class discussion, interaction and generalization of the content to current life situations.


What are the rewards of college teaching and student learning?

There is increasing interest and discussion related to teaching and student/trainee learning and performance in higher education and organizations.

What do you believe are factors that contribute most to student learning and performance?

What role do the instructional faculty/trainers play in the dynamic process of learning and performance?

To what extent are higher education instructional faculty and organizational trainers prepared sufficiently to facilitate or enhance learning and performance?