1- for student’s learning, the responsibilities of teachers

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What are the responsibilities and roles of teachers for
ensuring learning is happening in the classroom?

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What are the most important factors for students’ learning?

     Student-centered learning (SCL) is an
instructional approach that comprises a wide variety of methods of teaching the
put the student in the center of the learning process. If students are put in
the center of the learning process and teachers apply different methods of this
approach effectively, active learning will be happening. In addition, SCL
enables teachers to differentiate instruction
and adopt techniques that help students to be engaged in the active learning.
This can be achieved when we differentiate content, processes, and products
according to students’ interests, readiness, intelligences, styles of learning
and tendencies. the relationship between differentiation and active learning is
completely joined.  

     By SCL, differentiated instruction and
different methods of active learning, teachers never fail to empower their
students with the ability to express themselves, enrich their knowledge, and address the different levels
of Bloom’s taxonomy. Therefore, students can successfully enhance cooperation, creativity, independence, tolerance,
respect, confidence, enthusiasm, curiosity, and integrity

      This
essay sheds lights on the most important factors for student’s learning, the
responsibilities of teachers for ensuring active learning is happening in the
classroom and strengths and challenges of these factors according to our
teaching experience during SEP1 as well as observations and discussions with
our teachers educators at QRTA. In addition, this essay highlights my plan for the
next school practicum.

     From our observations at QRTA and during
SEP1, we found that the teacher is most important factor that affects students’
learning. Teachers’ knowledge, planning, and methods of teaching are the
secrets behind their effective teaching. If teachers have understanding
knowledge in their subjects as well as good plans and strategies for teaching,
the learning will definitely be fun, and then students will be engaged and effective
learning will start (Coe et al. 2). We really recognized the role of the
teacher in education and the importance of encouraging students and giving them
a positive energy to learn. Through ongoing discussions, we can highlight the
importance of learning and try to convince students how learning is the key to
open their minds for different cultures and help them to accomplish their goals
and dreams in the future.

     Active
learning depends on using different strategies in teaching. These strategies
start from differentiating instruction by a teacher whose characteristics are mentioned
above. Differentiation includes different stages: content, process, and
product. Firstly, we focus on contents that have new and main ideas rather than
repeated ideas or details on the margin in order to avoid boredom and help them
gain knowledge and practice activities that are very important and interesting
for them. In this way, we serve more time, efforts and make sure that learning
is happening in the classroom. (Kouchok et al. 96)

     Lessons with characteristics mentioned
above can be presented by using different methods of teaching, activities, and
educational resources. At QRTA and during SEP1, I found that flexible grouping
is one of the most effective strategies that helps students to be engaged in
the learning process where they are effective parts who discuss and learn
together using different sub-strategies such as: micro-teaching and (Think-Pair-Share).
Learning contracts and anchor activities are effective strategies that can be
used with excellent students who always finish their activities before their
peers or when the teacher is busy with other students. These strategies include
that this student will read about a certain topic in depth whether in learning
centers (classroom corners) or in the library. In this way, students take their
time, give an opportunity for teachers to help their peers, and enrich their knowledge.
These students can present what they have learnt using reports, projects,
presentations or by discussions. Teachers then can assess them and acknowledge
their works in front of students to encourage them and show them that they are
care and pleasant for their products. Therefore, leaning is happening in a very
interesting and beneficial way that meets students’ interests and needs. In
addition, Tiered activities is also a strategy that can be used based on
students levels, abilities and their prior knowledge……………… Games, questions and
answers and open discussions are also other strategies that can be used to
teach students.