Understanding Inclusive Learning and Teaching in Lifelong Learning

Darren Jakobsen
Level 4   Unit 009       Understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning
Task A Research Report
It is important to create the right learning environment for your subject area in order for learning to take place and for your students to get the best from your session. For example if your subject area is construction skills then a kitchen would not be a suitable venue.
The layout of your room/venue is equally as important for learning to take place.  If you are delivering a practical part of a lesson and are demonstrating a task/activity it is important that all your students can see what you’re doing or this could hinder learning. Here are some examples of styles of room layout.
Classroom Style
• Presentations
• Videos
• Tests/exams
• Group work
• Interaction with teacher and other students
• Practical activities
• Difficult for teachers to move around the space
Cabaret style
• Group work
• Interaction with teacher and each other
• Practical activities
• Teachers can move around and interact with students
• Tests and exams
Boardroom style
• Space to accommodate this style
• Some students will have their backs to the teacher
• Poor view of visual presentations
• Practical activities
• Demonstrations
We use various room layouts depending on what activity we a teaching.
It is important that the environment you are teaching in is a friendly and welcoming place and that the teacher is friendly and approachable and shows an interest in each individual. Giving the right impression to students is as important as the room layout. The teacher should be ready to greet the students and have all materials and activities ready beforehand.
At the start of our lessons we allow 15 minutes social time where students can interact with the teacher and other students in an informal way thus allowing us to observe for issues and additional needs....