When designing an effective classroom, educators need to know several key elements that will help with the development. The classroom itself should be student-centered, meaning the curriculum is taught in a way that the students have choice, and it focuses on the students’ interests. Another key component for designing effective instruction is teaching for understanding. Effective instruction is not about “teaching to the test” as some educators may believe. One resource I found that does an exceptional job of helping design an effective classroom is The Thoughtful Classroom Program by the Thoughtful Educational Press. This article talks about three key elements that make up effective instruction. The first element is research-based instructional strategies. In this element, teachers help students reach mastery, understanding, self-expressive, and interpersonal levels. Level two is about applying the right strategies to specific classrooms. It is crucial to know what works in a classroom and what doesn’t work in a classroom. Exposing the students to many different strategies and activities will help the teacher know what is going to work best for his or her classroom. The final element discussed in this article is about collaborating learning and support structures. This article has created a guide called Strategic Teacher PLC. In this study, it found that less than 10% of what teachers learn makes it to their classroom. That staggering statistic is the reason why developing an effective classroom has become more and more of an issue than ever before.
The second resource that I found goes into much deeper detail about what effective instruction is and what it looks like. What I like about this resource is that it talks about what the characteristics are and why they need to be utilized, and research. There are five components of effective instruction. I talked about two of them in my introduction and how important they are to having a great classroom. The three other elements include teaching for learner differences, rigorous and relevant curriculum, and assessment for learning. No student is going to learn the same and every educator needs to know that.
With the combination of both of these resources, I believe any teacher could create a solid classroom that will benefit the student’s learning.