Building Effective Learning Environments
A Framework for Merging the Best of Old and New Practices
Teachers are bombarded with trends and competing ideas. This book provides a framework to help you find the right balance between new and old instructional practices, so you can design learning environments that truly enhance learning.
The author shares key research-based principles to engage and extend learning, and he debunks common myths. He then shows how to use a classical method and how to engage with new ideas and evidence to create a highly effective learning environment. Each chapter offers reflection and application questions you can use independently or in book studies to get the most out of your reading.
Written for teachers of any grade level, the book contains applications and examples across content areas so you can see how to implement the ideas in your own classroom or school.
Table of Contents
Part I: Foundations: What Do We Need to Know? 1. Principles to Engage Learning 2. Principles to Extend Learning 3. Learning Myths and Other Nonsense Part II: Framework: How Do We Do This? 4. The Trivium: A Classical Method 5. Engaging with New Ideas and Evidence 6. The 21st Century Trivium Framework 7. Instructional Principles 8. Application in Specific Content Areas 9. Conclusion
Kevin S. Krahenbuhl, Ed.D. is Associate Professor of Education and Program Director for the Assessment, Learning, and Student Success Ed.D. Program at Middle Tennessee State University. He has spent his entire professional life in public schools and is committed to working with public schools to improve learning for all students. He is also author of The Decay of Truth in Education (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).