(Main, K & Pendergast, D 2017, ‘Student Engagement and Wellbeing’ in DL Pendergast, K Main & NM Bahr (3rd Edition), Teaching Middle Year: Rethinking Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, pp. 47-65)
Digitally Annotated by Andrei Apostol
This theme looked at what I feel to be the basis of a fully functional middle school classroom. I can divide it into three distinct areas that all our middle school classroom should include Student Wellbeing (Socially, Emotionally and Physically) and Engagement (how they learn and are they learning), Relationships (how to build these, student/teacher and student/student) and Community (importance of student's voice and community involvement of engagement). Taking into consideration these areas teachers can effectively manage learning environment with effectively building rapport and relationships.
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.