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Climate and Culture

Jan 28, 2014 7:19pm

How do you get older students to change the way they negatively interact with peers? What types of activities would you suggest to create a more polite environment ?

  • English Language Arts
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  • Class Culture


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    • Jan 30, 2014 6:43am

      I echo everything Katie said here, I just want to add that you should keep in mind that change like this will not always happen quickly, so don't give up if you don't see immediate results. Stick it out with clear guidelines and excellent modeling and over time you should see positive changes in your classroom.

      • Jan 30, 2014 8:37am

        Thank you Katie and Lauren, I really appreciate your feedback and encouragement.

        • Feb 5, 2014 8:34am

          Very interesting link to executive functioning. Will download!

          • Oct 8, 2015 12:09pm

            I would like to start by saying "ditto" to all Katie mentioned above. I also want to add that doing class community building activities such as class points is a great way to get kids to start recognizing one another. i.e.: "I'd like to nominate group 4 for a point because during the activity they did not argue once and stayed on-task" or "I would like to nominate Johnny for a point because I saw him stop and help Shane without being asked. He is being a good citizen." When you put the onus on them, they start to adopt the culture of recognizing awesomeness in one another and not just sitting back and letting the teacher give out all the rewards. It also cuts down on the "awwwww, man! They always get the reward... you like them best..." etc., etc....