Creating classroom communities

Abstract

A classroom community is a learning environment that makes learners feel safe, connected and a sense of belonging. It is important because it is linked to higher student motivation, engagement and better learning outcomes. This session will use a brief panel interview followed by small group discussions to explore what teachers can actually do to create such an environment.

Presenters

Tanja Cuka

Tanja Cuka

Chisholm Institute

Tanja is an English as an Additional Language teacher who has worked with children and adult learners. She is currently teaching within the AMEP program at Chisholm Institute.

Teresa Lidonnici-Giovine

Teresa Lidonnici-Giovine

Chisholm Institute

Teresa is a highly experienced and dedicated educator who has worked in the English as an Additional Language area as a teacher and education manager. She is currently working with the Academic Learning Support Unit to improve literacy and learning skills for students across a range of VET courses.

Jelena Petronijevic

Jelena Petronijevic

Chisholm Institute

Jelena is an innovative and engaging teacher with many years experience teaching English as an additional language to adult learners. She is currently teaching within the AMEP program at Chisholm Institute.

Ruth Ryan

Ruth Ryan

Chisholm Institute

Ruth is an energetic and passionate English as an additional language (EAL) teacher who has taught abroad and in Australia and currently works with adults in the AMEP program atChisholm Institute.