Many factors can affect teaching and learning
This step allows you to provide a picture of your class that will enable the reader to better understand your instruction and decision-making skills.
Many factors can affect teaching and learning; these could include the community, the school district, and/or individual school/classroom/student factors.
The information you gather about your teaching and learning context and about individual students will help provide perspective to the reader who will be scoring your submission.
This part of your submission will not be scored, but the information you include should have implications regarding your professional choices.
Your response must be limited to 1,500 characters (approximately one-half page typed). No artifacts can be attached to the Contextual Information textbox.
- Describe your classroom. Include the grade level, content area, subject matter, and number of students. Provide relevant information about any of your students with special needs.
- Describe any physical, social, behavioral, or developmental factors that may impact the instruction that occurs in your classroom. Mention any linguistic, cultural, or health considerations that may also impact teaching and learning in your classroom.
- Describe any factors related to the school and surrounding community that may impact the teaching and learning that occurs in your classroom.
- Classroom size and layout: A small, cramped classroom can be difficult for students to move around in and can make it difficult for the teacher to manage the class. A large, well-lit classroom with plenty of space for students to move around is more conducive to learning.
- Classroom furniture: Desks and chairs should be the right size for students and should be arranged in a way that promotes communication and collaboration.