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Characterizing a Highly-Effective Learning Environment

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TeachThought, one of education’s most innovative and leading brands posted an article online regarding the tenets of highly-effective learning environments.  As I read the article, I thought about what good food for thought these characteristics could provide to a PLC, grade-level team, or department.  Take a few moments to review these characteristics of highly-effective learning environments.  If you would like to learn more, you can access the full article here.

  • The students ask the questions – good questions.
  • Questions are valued over answers.
  • Ideas come from divergent sources.
  • A variety of learning models are used.
  • Classroom learning “empties” into a connected community.
  • Learning is personalized by a variety of criteria.
  • Assessment is persistent, authentic, transparent, and never punitive.
  • Criteria for success is balanced and transparent.
  • Learning habits are constantly modeled.
  • There are constant opportunities for practice.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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