The term class-centred teaching draws attention to the importance of behaving in ways that encourage classes to develop into cohesive groups in which learning is regarded as a collective, collaborative endeavour and the performance of individuals is lifted by the positive atmosphere of the overall class group.
A teacher engages in light-hearted banter with the class for a few moments.
Students, appreciative of the opportunity to be involved in group social interaction, return to the learning task with renewed vigour.
In the classroom
Class-centred teachers develop trusting relationships with their classes and find themselves teaching in flexible ways. Guided by the principle of inclusivity they give as many students as possible the opportunity to contribute to the collective learning of the class group.