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2 Creating a Positive Classroom Environment


4 Research tells us that good classroom management is the one commonality among all effective instructors. If you don’t have that, you’re sunk!

5 We have to establish the environment for learning

6 Introduction Teaching requires understanding students and how they learn What attributes do you want students in your classes to exhibit? What behaviors do you want students in your classes to exhibit?

7 Introduction Good teaching is the creating of those circumstances that lead to significant learning in others. Responsibility of the teacher is to provide an opportunity for learning Responsibility of the is student to participate fully in the learning process

8 Guidelines for Classroom Environment
The teacher must provide a classroom environment that supports a high level of student involvement. The following are 6 guidelines students can follow to help create what is known as a “ classroom environment”: Helping one another solve problems Openly sharing information and ideas Reinforcing each other for making progress Effectively working in physically close proximity to one another Collectively supporting anyone who has a personal “crisis” Extending the effective working relationships

9 Aspect of Managing the Classroom Environment
Another important aspect of managing the classroom environment is to establish classroom rules and routines early in the school year. There are 3 general guidelines to consider when establishing classroom rules: Make only a few rules Select rules that establish an orderly environment & contribute to successful learning Make the rules unambiguous as possible and should be stated behaviorally

10 But can the classroom environment really affect achievement?
Yes. The physical layout can exert a surprisingly powerful influence on literacy learning. Let’s find out how

11 Transitions Transitions are important to smoothly move from one topic to another or from one class to another They allow class time to be used effectively and with very little down time

12 Transitions Divide class periods into smaller segments to increase student engagement. 5-10 minutes Always try to have the next element of the lesson ready to go to ease transitions. Use multiple methods to get students’ attention and bring everyone back together.

13 Always Plan More than you Need
Boredom can lead to inappropriate behavior Good for students who learn quickly and can proceed with something new while you review with the others.

14 Always Plan More than you Need
Always have enrichment materials handy You always need a plan B in case something comes up. Be flexible!

15 Effective ways to hand out resources
Try to avoid having the entire class getting up just to get a specific type of supply. Setting up stations Assigning jobs

16 Multi-Task This allows better time management.
While you are taking roll, kids can pass out papers, turn in work, finish their assigned task from the previous day, etc.

17 Multi-Task Use each moment of your class time wisely.
When students are entering the room always have instructions or activities projected on the board. Use those opening minutes!

18 Pay Attention to Student Cues
This helps you decide the pace of the lesson. It helps you determine if students are overwhelmed or clearly understanding the lesson. Give time for student discussion.

19 Pay Attention to Student Cues
Check often for student comprehension: White boards Hand checks instruction

20 Be prepared Prepare and organize as much as you can ahead of
time. Don’t waste class time constructing something unless that is the goal of the activity. Keep class time “sacred”.

21 Be prepared Do your best to know your content through and through. Overwhelming at first! Plan as far ahead as possible. Find reliable people to learn from!

22 Practice Rituals Go over and Practice your class rituals with your students so that they know exactly what is expected of them. Filling out agendas, taking bathroom breaks, sickness, absences… Routine helps ensure order.

23 Post a Weekly Schedule Helps absentees know what they missed with very little help from you. Provides anticipatory set Adds cohesiveness Know needed supplies

24 MOVIES Skits Pair and Share JOKES Graphic Organizers Drawing
Add a variety of learning experiences: visual, movement, songs, games, etc. and you will reach more learning styles Intersperse these with independent or written activities to assess student learning.

25 MOVIES Skits Pair and Share JOKES Graphic Organizers Drawing
Students will be more involved in your teaching, you will have fewer discipline problems, and they will have better understanding of your lessons

26 MOVIES Skits Pair and Share JOKES graphic organizers Drawing
Make learning fun! We have one of the greatest jobs in the world. Enjoy it. Encourage a love of learning among your students.

27 Create a Safe Learning Environment
Establish a caring relationship with your students. Be clear that your room is a safe place to take risks without fear of embarrassment; maintain student dignity.

28 Create a Safe Learning Environment
Do team building activities at the beginning of the year to give students a sense of belonging Use humor to diffuse tense situations.

29 Create a Safe Learning Environment
Let students know that you aren’t perfect either. Mistakes are sometimes the best way to learn.

30 Have High Expectations
Expect students to follow rules. Nail down rules from the first day and take time to “practice” if they “forget”. Expect 100% effort even if something is hard!

31 Have High Expectations
Expect effective communication skills Expect students to be responsible for their own choices. Students will live up to or down to expectations.

32 Four Basic Rules I will not allow anyone to interfere with my teaching or another student’s learning. Homework is my way of communicating with each student and it must be completed on time. If it is important enough to assign it, it is important enough for me to grade it.

33 Four Basic Rules Treat everyone with respect, including the teacher.
Learning is not a spectator’s sport, so you must give 100% everyday.

34 Classroom Rules Please Be Responsible Please Be Safe
Please Be Respectful Please Be Responsible Please Be Safe

35 Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
Break Time! Discussion / Reflection Question How can you incorporate these ideas into your classroom?

36 “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming."

37 Thank You for your Attention Thank You for your Attention

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