Building Engaged and Inclusive Environments

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

The student who is an engaged and active classroom participant is more likely to learn because the one who does the work is the one who learns (Terry Doyle, “Learner-Centered Teaching” 2011).  Engaged learners apply concepts, make connections, and transfer knowledge and skills to diverse settings. Engaged learners become lifelong learners. However, students must feel safe in order to risk becoming involved in classroom processes (Cox, 2009). Inclusive classrooms are ones in which students believe that their contributions and perspectives are valued and respected. The following are ideas and strategies that may help you create an engaged and inclusive classroom.

Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cox, R. (2009). The college fear factor; How students and professors misunderstand each other. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Doyle, T. (2011).  Learner-centered teaching; Putting the research on Learning into Practice.VA: Stylus.