Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

A teacher directed child centred classroom;




Whole Class Teaching.

























Small Groups.


























Individual Work.






















Looks like


  • The teacher ‘Tuning in’ and sharing ideas and resources with the whole class. This may include using various graphic organisers e.g. what I know, what I would like to know etc.
  • Opportunities for students to take risks in sharing their learning with their teacher and class.


  • Work spaces arranged so that students can be in close proximity to their teacher.

• The teacher giving time and encouragement to students in order to demonstrate their learning across curriculum areas.






  • Adequate work spaces for students.
  • Curriculum relevant to student needs and interests.


Small Groups



  • Classroom program arranged to allow students to find space and resources.


  •  Relevant and up to date resources.







Individual Work

  • Learning program developed so that students can enter at their level and be extended and challenged.


  • Teacher and student created rubrics for assessment.


  • Students displaying their learning in a number of ways, e.g talking, writing, art, drama etc.


Sounds like


  • Students being able to discuss their understandings and to make connections



  • Students explaining, discussing their learning with peers, teacher and parents.




















  • Students discussing and helping each other.
  • The teacher interacting with groups.


  • Students sharing their learning with the class through speaking, writing, drama, music, art.


  • Teacher making learning objectives clear.
















  •  The sound of discussion between students and between students and teacher.


  •  Students sharing their learning with peers, parents and teacher.


  • The teacher interacting with individuals.



Feels like


  • Warm and safe to share


  • To ask questions and give opinions.


  • Inviting and feeling part of the group.




















  • Warm and safe to share.
  • To ask questions and give opinions.
  • Inviting and feeling part of the group.
  • Students feeling encouraged  to share their understandings with others.



















  • Supportive environment so students feel comfortable to give thoughts and opinions.










3 replies on “Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

I forgot to mention that it looks like we will be in Thailand in March 2012. We would be happy to meet and have further discussion.

Thank you so much for your comment. Don and I are planning to write some more articles for the website. We hope that you find them equally helpful and useful.


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