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What are some ways to maintain positive class culture beyond the first weeks of school?

Sep 9, 2013 9:15am


  • Behavior / Class Culture


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    • Sep 9, 2013 9:55am

      See for more resources and info re Closing Circle.

      • Sep 9, 2013 12:55pm

        group work activities so that students can build relationships with each other, having classroom goals that you strive to accomplish as a group, and checking in with students on a regular basis (have you seen this video yet?

        • Sep 10, 2013 2:32am

          I utilize as many collaborative experiences as I can in the math classroom. It helps those students that are too afraid to voice your thoughts publicly for fear of failure. I also record student input on the board with their name and create "experts" in the classroom. I try to be intentional and pick different star experts when possible too.

          • Sep 11, 2013 1:33pm

            What a great question for all teachers. School has started and students are in the groove. Please read Discipline That Restores by Ron and Roxanne Claassen. School districts are beginning to implement to school wide.

            • Sep 12, 2013 2:34pm

              I've used the "Fill my bucket" book and had students fill each others bucket with positive language. They also have a site now with lots of printables and ideas.


              • Sep 12, 2013 2:49pm

                We agree with Carrie that doing Morning Meeting/Circle of Power and Respect is a great way to continue to build relationships and a positive class identity while still incorporating content.

                Explicit instruction on how to talk to each other such as accountable talk, problem solving sentence stems, and conflict resolution also helps in contributing to a positive culture and climate.

                One resource that helps teachers with using positive language with students everyday is "Power of Our Words" by Paula Denton.

                Here are other strategies you can incorporate in the classroom:
                - Class jobs
                - Student-led routines
                - Incentives
                - Inviting guests to read/talk in your classroom
                - Positive phone call home

                • Mar 20, 2014 10:54pm

                  Kids are a blank hard-disk or a blank DVD disc or blank pen-drive.

                  You can write anything you want to to write in that

                  each kid have ability to do things by own self.
                  they have more solution for current problems

                  let them give direction
                  give them scope to think

                  once they find the way
                  they start reading
                  they start finding solutions

                  Be a consultant rather then dictator

                  Make a list of social problems facing by your country and society.
                  find out NGOs working on that

                  Let them explain meaning of opportunity.

                  so many developing country facing learning English
                  let them know that their native language is English
                  In that way they may realize the value of a language.

                  Use this kind of examples and finding reason to why do they have to learn what they learn.