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Introduction

This project contains a list of criteria/characteristics for a teacher who

wants to provide a student- centered environment via the Constructivist

approach for students. A brief rationale is given for each

criteria / characteristics in order to justify why it is necessary to

be a part of the Constructivist approach classroom. Additionally, a labeled


diagram of the Constructivist approach classroom is included.

Justification
Visualizing the conditions in the classroom of the future is very important

in order to be an effective teacher. That is why it is necessary to develop a list

of criteria/characteristics for the Constructivist approach classroom. The list

can therefore, be used as a guideline to make learning beneficial to the

students.
Table of Contents

Topics: Pages:

Coverpage

Acknowledgement

Introduction
Justification

Table of Contents

List of Criteria/Characteristics
1.The teacher as a facilitator is important in the Constructivist classroom

because there needs to be a person who knows the content of the different

subject areas for him\herself and therefore can guide the students toward

a better understanding of these concepts.

2.The teacher as a resource person is important in the Constructivist classroom

because there needs to be a person who will enable the students to have

sufficient and correct materials to work with.

3. The teacher as a model is important in the Constructivist classroom because

the teacher is needed to speak the Standard Jamaican Language, in order for
the students to emulate the teacher’s model of the language and develop

an appreciation for it.

4. The teacher as a monitor is important in the Constructivist classroom

because the teacher is needed to keep track of the students’ progress in class,

in order to ensure the students are operating at their grade level.

5. A teacher should be creative in the Constructivist classroom because he/she

needs to grab and hold the students’ attention, in order for the students to

remember and retain the concepts long after the lessons have been taught to

them.

6. The teacher should demonstrate integrity in the Constructivist classroom

because students will be able to regard the teacher as a fair and trustworthy

individual in whom they can confide.

7. The teacher should demonstrate intuituity in the Constructivist classroom

because he /she needs to know what type of experiences they want to pull from

the students to contribute to the learning process and at the same time which

experiences will be painful for the students to speak about.


8. The teacher in the Constructivist classroom should be resilient because

he/she may come under constant criticism from principal, colleagues and

parents who see the teacher deviating from the traditional teaching

methodologies and have problems with it.

9. The teacher in the Constructivist classroom should be open-minded

because he/she needs to realize that the students in the classroom come from

different backgrounds and therefore operate at different cognitive levels.

10. The students in the Constructivist classroom will work

collaborative/cooperatively because this will promote positive peer interaction .

11.The students in the Constructivist classroom will interact with the teacher

and class activities because once learning becomes personalized they will

become motivated to learn.

12. The Constructivist classroom should be spacious because both the teacher

and students should be able to move about freely in the class without fear of

bumping into the furniture.

13. The Constructivist classroom should have an adequate ventilation system

in place because both the teacher and the students need an adequate supply of
air to inhale.

14. The Constructivist classroom should have a good lighting system because

both the teacher and students need to see in order to write, read as well as

conduct other learning activities.

15.The Constructivist classroom should have a reading/library corner because

the students need a variety of books to read and it is important to promote

literacy.

16. The Constructivist classroom should have an Achievement corner because

the students need to know that their poems, songs or essays are being

published for their families and friends to view, in essence the students will

become motivated to work harder.

17. The Constructivist classroom should have a Mathematics corner because

some students are able to learn through this subject, especially the male

students.

18. The Constructivist classroom should have an Art corner because there are

students who may not excel in academics but they excel in art and through this

medium they can learn.


19. The Constructivist classroom should have a Music corner because there are

students who are musically inclined.

20. The Constructivist classroom should have a Sports corner because there

are boys who may not excel in academics but they excel in sports and through

this medium they can learn.

21. The Constructivist classroom should have a Games corner because students

need time to relax from the learning process.

22. In the Constructivist classroom the desks and chairs should be grouped,

preferably five to a group, because this will enable students to interact closely

amongst each other.