10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

Wherever we are—the University of Sydney or Mississippi Elementary, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model) environments.

In short, highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning.

So we put together 10 characteristics of a highly effective classroom that can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against.

See if you notice a pattern.


Translating Functions

Description: In this activity students learn about and practice how to translate functions, and identify translations from equations of functions.

Categorizing Patterns and Relationships

Description: In this activity students explore the characteristics of various function families by comparing the patterns in six different tables of values and identify which type of relationship is shown in each one.

Comparing Linear and Expontential Functions

Description: In this activity students compare linear and exponential models by listing their characteristics side-by-side in a table.

Lilly’s Mussels – A Modeling Exercise

Description: Apply a linear and exponential model to a small data set in order to explore the differences in growth pattern, depending on which model is selected.

Math for Everyone @ Notre Dame

Another modeling talk hosted by Notre Dame’s Math Department. Math for Everyone is intended for undergrads, but is open to the public. March 10, 2011, Dr. Swanson from Ashland University will discuss his modeling probabilities associated with the game “Look Up and Scream.”

Make Me Rich

Description: In this activity, students explore a variety of functions through four different payment plans. They must select the best payment plan for different conditions.