How can creating a stimulating environment lead to teaching for understanding?

A wide range of psychological, sociological, and pedagogical literature has documented that student populations are composed of individuals with distinctly different learning styles. Unfortunately, students do not explicitly select classes based on instructor teaching style; nor can instructors be expected to change their personality types to accommodate all students.  Consequently, classes that use a Variety of teaching styles are more likely to increase students’ performance, diversity, and interest in economics. By varying the ways in which it is taught, economics can be made approachable for more types of learners. (Lage , J. Maureen; Platt, J. Glenn; Treglia Michael;, 2000, p. 31)

Many teacher want to use a structured program to teach students the interpersonal and small group skills they need. Such a program will give students the opportunity to earn bonus points for their groups by using targeted cooperative skills. (Carson, Laura; Sharon, Hoyle;, 1989, p. 31)

Looking at the picture that reflects public education in America, brought many questions about education in America? What does mean American public education? Does our education system improve students’ literacy skills?  “Educating the American public as a means to grow the country economically, but also to create a well-informed populace to participate in America’s newly founded democracy.” (Brackemyre, 2015)

This short video takes us throughout the history of education in America. The video shows different factors that affect students’ performance and stimulate their learning either negatively or positively. The video is supported with an article along with images that help us imagine the hall picture.

The video also addresses the main problems in the education system in America and highlights a different perspective. Also, the video directly presents different ways to encourage and stimulate our students while listening to students and teachers’ voices.   

Today’s classroom looks different; students sit in rows or circles and rely on group work and on discussion through different levels of questioning. The classrooms are full of stimulation; pictures, charts and maps.   

How can we provided a stimulating classroom for our students who come from many different walk of life? A little more freedom to manage our classroom and instruction can give educators the chance to get to know each of their students which in turn can help us successfully teach for understanding. How can educators provide a stimulating classroom environment when there are limited supplies and resources as depicted in the cartoon? In order to provide a stimulating classroom for our students we must build a rapport with each of our students. We must build a relationship on both an individual level as well as a group level in order to teach for understanding. We have to break away from the traditional teaching techniques and in order to do that we have to break away from some of the guidelines put in place by the Department of Education.

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Student-Centered Learning Environments

Paul Bogdan, 2011

student-to-student teaching, project-based learning, and student-centered learning environments are some of the more encouraging programs. Also, the integration of technology into every subject and at all grade levels allows unprecedented levels and types of exciting collaboration and learner to learner connectivity.


Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion

Teaching Channel 

Master the art and science of engaging students in rigorous discussion. 


Active Learning: Creating excitement in the classroom

Charles Bonwell, 1991

Creating an engaging, stimulating and exciting classroom to promote understanding and teaching in the classroom. Author discusses the importance of creating an active fun environment for students. Focuses on how as educators its important to create an environment thats welcoming and engaging for all our students. How excitement to the classroom will promote learning.


New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Unidentified, 2012

This website shows pictures of a classroom from the past and a video of new classrooms in the present day. The website describes and shows how the classroom has changed over the years providing more resources and assistance to our students. Resources for all subjects that are assisting our students to learn new skills in new ways. Additionally, provides insight on how teachers can make their classroom more exciting and how they can become more creative in teaching students.


“The Way It Really Is.” What does this political cartoon argue?

Unknown, Unknown

As educators we are under the microscope of the DOE we are expected to follow their rules and regulations. Our students personal lives are not taken into account when these expectations are put into place. As educators we have to understand where a student comes from, how their morning was, did they eat, did they sleep, what is their family home situation and how it effects their education.


One comment

  1. These are really important questions. Its hard not to pose the question as student centered vs. teacher centered, like teachers have opposing needs than students, but your group did a good job bringing out the nuances of the issue. How do we stimulate teachers and students? I think its so important to look outside of the classroom to the “real world” to bring stimulating ideas and pertinent scenarios to our students.