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Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

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Himmat Shaligram

on 26 October 2013

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Transcript of Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

Social /

Classroom Procedures
The Ideal Classroom
Giving Students Ownership
in Class Community
Student Placement
Giving Students Opportunities
to Reflect and Problem solve
Managing Student Behaviour
Structuring The Physical Environment
Organizing the Physical
1. Make materials easy for students to access on their own.

2. Teach them to organize their materials.
Give them adequate space to move around
and store things.

3. Students should have a place to work
quietly and a place for group work.
Wall Space and Displays
Displaying learners work shows them that their learning is valued and something to be proud of. It also acknowledges the learner’s achievements and give them a great sense of self-accomplishment.
Problem Solving In Classroom Meetings
Have Classroom Meetings
To purposely teach students how to:

1. Be a part of a group.

2. Problem solve effectively.

3. Cooperate with others.

4. See how their actions impact the class and vice versa.

Creating positivity in the Classroom
Yes. The positive enviroment
can exert a surprisingly
powerful influence on
literacy learning.Let’s find
out how.

But can the
really affect

Organizing The Physical Space
Student Placement
1. Place easily distracted students
away from each other, doorways ,
windows and area of traffic.

2. Preferably , place to one side of
the classroom, close to the front
and surrounded with good
Creating an Environment of Respect
and Rapport
1.Greet students personally , walk around to individual desk, make rounds when students are doing class procedures.
2.Talk in a calm voice.
3.Be aware of your body language.
Never argue
.It takes two people to argue – don’t be the second person. State your request, clarify
understanding, give an if then statement and end the conversation.
Managing Classroom Procedures
1.Post schedules. Let students know in advance when there will be a change.

2. Model, and practice classroo
procedures (lining up, walking

, entering the room, center procedures, transitions) – this will save valuable instructional time later!

3. Gives cues and prompts
On separate Post-Its, write down a…

1. A Kudo

2. A Question

3. A Suggestion

4. A Concern

…about your experiences so far this year.

Think about your classroom
environment/ behavior.

Meeting Topics
Class Jobs
Continually Create Class Norms/Procedures/Rules Together

Essential Questions & Goal Setting for Behavior

Homework Time!!
Teacher's Assistant
Currently Unemployed
You as a Person !!
1.Be sensitive to individual differences .
2.Learn students's names.
3.Greet students personally.
4.Make frequent eye contact.
5.Follow rules and routines with students but
be sensitive and at times negotiate.
6.Acknowledge positive behaviours
7.Use positive language.
8.Interact with students outside the classroom.
9.Minimise embarrassment.
10.Use humour.
11.Rarelu use the word " wrong".
12.Take arguments outside.

Make frequent eye contact.
Negotiate rules and routines with students.
Acknowledge positive behaviours.
Use positive language
Interact with students outside the classroom.
Minimise embarrassment.
Use humour.

Positive environment??
A positive learning climate in a school for young children is a composite of many things. It is an attitude that respects children. It is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where children can experiment and try out new ideas without fear or failure. It is an atmosphere that builds children’s self-confidence so they dare to take risks. It is an environment that nurtures a love of learning.

~Carol B. Hillman (20th Century), U.S. early childhood educator. Creating a Learning Climate for the Early Childhood Years, Fastback Series (1989).

Academic Support
Praise the student in a specific and genuine way.
Show the student tangible evidence of progress
Help the student feel important in class.
Help the student deal with adversity.
Inform parents of their child's successes
Affirmation Works
Who you are?
What you stand for?
What you will ask them to do?
What you will not ask them to do?
What you will do for them?
What you will not do for them?

Managing Student Behaviour
If something isn't working, don’t be afraid to change it!
Circle Time...
Use a system that is easy to manage and understand – keep it simple.
State your rules clearly and positively.
Set consequences you can enforce and always follow through .
Be consistent.
Change your complaints into cocerns
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