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Positive behaviour for learning

Classrooms in which students feel comfortable asking questions, are expected to do their best, where instruction is appropriately challenging, and specific feedback is given to help students with their current learning, are less likely to have bored, disengaged, and disruptive students.

What the research says

Students are more likely to be engaged in their learning when they are provided with interesting and challenging learning opportunities and when they see the relevance of that learning beyond the classroom.

Manurewa High School students.

Classroom dynamics are not only affected by the personalities and behaviours of students and teachers but also by the way lessons are structured and conducted.

Students enjoy opportunities to learn through a variety of approaches, including active, hands-on activities, and opportunities to work together in small groups.

Teachers need to have strong classroom management skills and the ability to create a stable classroom environment.

PDF icon. Student Engagement in the Middle Years of Schooling (years 7 to 10): A Literature Review (PDF, 2 MB)

The Te Kōtahitanga project investigates how to improve the educational achievement of Māori students in mainstream secondary school classrooms, by talking with Māori students and others involved in their education.

Te Kōtahitanga Phase 3: Establishing a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations in Mainstream Secondary School Classrooms (2007)

Published on: 18 Jan 2012