Focus Area 1.1

Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students:

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning. Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning. Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students. Lead colleagues to select and develop teaching strategies to improve student learning using knowledge of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.

Through the use of my knowledge of the developmental stages and characteristics of students I have altered my teaching and lesson plans to suit students on an individual needs basis where possible, in order to enhance their learning. I am confident in my ability to be able to meet each students individual learning needs.

One of the major distractions for the majority of students in any class room is socialising. In order to improve student learning it is necessary to minimise social interaction between students if it is causing a decrease in concentration and therefore learning. One of the most simple methods to do this is via a seating plan and the way the desks are organised. These two methods can prevent socialising issues before they become a problem.

Due to my non-authoritative teaching style I allow students to sit where they wish in order to develop a strong student-teacher relationship with each student from the outset. That being said, the way I set up the desks allows me to circulate the room and use ‘proximity’ to quash any socialising that is getting out of hand. After a warning, I then move students to the centre of the room, minimising distractions and therefore improving learning.

Evidence:

Seating Plan

Teaching Strategies for Diverse Students

Developmental Stages, Student Diversity and the Importance of Feedback

Learning Theories in Education

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