Ptlls 2 3.1



Explain how to engage and motivate learners in an inclusive learning environmentWe can positively affect the environment within which students learn by paying attention to students’ sense of inclusion, theirattitudes toward learning, the meaning they make of course material, and their feelings of competence. The strategies listed below overlap somewhat and should work together. Consider how much difference one small change might make toward creating an inspiring teaching and learning environment.
1. Establishing inclusion:Create or affirm a learning atmosphere in which you and your students feel respected by and connected to one another (focus on these strategies, in particular, at the beginning of class):     * Establish a relationship with your students by sharing something of value with them (e.g., time, humour, feelings, values).     * Introduce yourself so that your students know more than your name and contact information (e.g., outside interests, family, academic history, personal experiences).     * Have your students introduce themselves, either to the whole class or to a small group (in a large class setting).     * Use a short opening activity (“ice-breaker”) to help your students relax and get to know each other.     * Get to know your students as individuals (e.g., their academic history, their goals for taking the course, their future plans)     * Use gender-inclusive and culturally diverse examples.     * Listen to students with warmth and respect – give them your full attention. Be personable and approachable – remember the positive power of a smile.     * Validate all comments and questions, even those that seem irrelevant or inappropriate.     * Welcome criticism and receive it with an open mind.     * When you don’t know something, ask your students for help.     * Use a class management approach that is fair, accepted by...