In this article from ASCD’s Educational Leadership Magazine a professor and veteran teacher, describes her efforts create a positive classroom culture to support learning. She started each year asking students the question: “Do you think we can create a classroom that works for every person here?” From this the class worked to create management routines for starting class, staying on task, helping each other learn, and other procedures to create a welcoming and respectful classroom culture. She also describes her belief in soliciting suggestions and tailoring curriculum to address student’s backgrounds, concerns, and aspirations.
This approach to creating a positive classroom culture that relies on personalization rather than punishment can inspire an teacher of any grade or subject.
Source Organization: ASCD