Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's in It for Schools?

Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's in It for Schools?

Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's in It for Schools?

Classrooms as Learning Communities: What's in It for Schools?

Synopsis

In classrooms that operate as learning communities, the social and learning purposes advance together through all participants being involved and engaged in building knowledge. This book demonstrates a new way of seeing and managing classrooms through:

  • an integration of what's best in learning and what's best in the social life of classrooms
  • a vision of the role of the teacher that is more creative and more related to the commitments of teachers
  • a more connected view of schools in contrast to the mechanistic view that currently dominates
  • an answer to the short-term performance pressures of politicians - better performance.

The practice and vision of classrooms that operate as learning communities is presented clearly and encourages teachers to take steps towards building a more effective classroom with the aspects of learning communities they choose.

Excerpt

During the final stages of the preparation of this book, I was visiting a school in Acton in order to develop a learning project with staff. Four 14-year-old pupils were given the task of showing me around the school, and I soon explained a little about my interest.

We settled in the corner of a playground, and I asked, ‘In the four years that you’ve been at this school, what has been your best learning experience?’

Two of them immediately flashed a glance of recognition at each other and started to talk about a class they were in:

‘The teacher was really interested in the subject.’

‘She really cared for kids.’

It was just like a mini community.’

As my mouth hung open with amazement at this summary description, I dared to think that pupils, as well as the many teachers I have worked with, might welcome what this book is trying to do.

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