#UTedChat Questions for 10/10 – Learning Environments

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat



Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Machelle Rogers (@rogers_machelle). Machelle is an elementary teacher in Jordan District and also a 2017-18 Utah Teacher Fellow. Michelle will be joined by Meredith Bortz (@MeredithBortz) from Sevenzo. They will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an important topic of Learning Environments. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Machelle and Meredith via Twitter (@rogers_machelle and @MeredithBortz) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 What does a caring, inclusive learning environment look like? What does it feel like?

Q2 What do you do/try to do in your classroom to enhance a feeling of caring and inclusion?

Q3 So many expectations are felt by educators. Where might meeting the needs of each student fit into a caring, inclusive learning environment?

Q4 How does equity play a role in a caring and inclusive environment? (Equity in education means that personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.)

Q5 If training was available for a caring, inclusive classroom, what would it look like? What would make it effective?

Q6 What resources have you found to be helpful in your efforts to create a caring, inclusive environment?

Q7 What connection is there between having a caring, inclusive classroom and the school environment?

Q8 How does having a caring, inclusive learning environment benefit our won emotional intelligence or peace of mind?

Q9 How do we move forward from here? What will you try next to create or add to your caring, inclusive classroom?

Machelle Rogers is a 2017-18 Utah Teacher Fellow in her 23rd year of teaching with Jordan District as an elementary teacher. Machelle loves her students and works to support and foster student growth and learning in a caring, responsive, and inclusive environment. Shout out to Hope Street Group and each of the amazing Teacher Fellow friends and the incredible organizations that support educators.

Meredith Bortz leads operations for Sevenzo, a non-profit that connects a national community of educators and helps them try evidence-based practices, all with a focus on fostering student belonging and creating more caring, inclusive, and impactful learning environments. Sevenzo facilitates opportunities for educators to connect and learn, inspire one another, try impactful practices, and share what works.

Meredith comes to Sevenzo with experience driving change in partnership with state and local leaders, educators, and other stakeholders—always with the goal of eliminating inequities so that all children have the opportunities they deserve. Having worked previously in education policy and advocacy, what Meredith loves most about Sevenzo are the myriad opportunities to deeply connect with teachers and help them share their unique talents and expertise.

You can follow Machelle (@rogers_machelle) and Meredith (@MeredithBortz) via Twitter.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet.


Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.