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Research tells us that students learn best when the learning environment is supportive and productive (POLT 1); when it promotes independence and interdependence and self-motivation (POLT 2); when students' needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program (POLT 3); when students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application (POLT 4); when assessment practices are an integral part of learning and teaching (POLT 5) and when learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom (POLT 6).

These photos and resources have been collected from within Loddon Mallee Region and beyond. They reflect high quality learning environments and teaching practices.
The learning environment is supportive and productive:

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Word walls are valuable aids in every classroom.
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Visually interesting displays of student work show that their efforts are valued in the classroom.



















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Anchor charts support student learning and reinforce skills andf knowledge.

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An inviting area for independent writing, with plenty of support for younger writers.





The learning environment promotes independence and interdependence and self-motivation:


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Quiet areas for students to work individually, encourage independence and motivation to achieve.
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Task boards allow students to manage their own learning time in the classroom and free teachers to work explicitly with small groups of students.

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Sometimes students need to work on tasks independently or in pairs.






















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Students move their own names to an appropriate star to reflect their level of behaviour.




Students' needs, ba
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Classroom libraries can support students' interests and needs.
ckgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning environment:


























Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application:

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Students are encouraged to record and share their questions.

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Deeper thinking is encouraged from school entry.





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Wondering walls are a great way of recording and monitoring student thinking and questioning.
























Assessment practices are an integral part of learning and teaching
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Student work samples which reflect understanding of a concept.


















Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom:

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Kitchen garden projects have strong links to the school community.
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Produce from the garden is sold at local farmer's markets.

















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Parents and helpers can support learning in the classroom.
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Computers assist greatly with independent learning.