Creating a "Comfortable" Classroom Environment
Lesson Objective: Reinforce positive expectations with specific, intentional strategies
All Grades / All Subjects / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. How does Mr. Van Dyck use proximity and voice control to encourage desired behaviors?
  2. What evidence do you see of a positive classroom culture?
  3. In what ways is a sense of belonging encouraged in this classroom?
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  1. How does Mr. Van Dyck use proximity and voice control to encourage desired behaviors?

Mr. Van Dyck uses proximity and voice to encourage desired behaviors by using techniques that are natural and comfortable relative to everyday social interaction. Long distances and loud tone of voice are not natural when interacting, so they well most often produce an unnatural response.

  1. What evidence do you see of a positive classroom culture?

I see structure with comfort in the way seating is set up. The seating layout also promotes face-to-face interaction.

  1. In what ways is a sense of belonging encouraged in this classroom?

Mr. Van Dyck creates a sense of belonging by ensuring every student has a voice and opinion that matters through highlighting the correct and positive things they are saying or have said in the past.

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  1. How does Mr. Van Dyck use proximity and voice control to encourage desired behaviors?
    Mr. Van Dyck uses proximity to encourage and redirect the students rather than to scold and talk down to them. Mr. Van Dyck softens his voice rather than raises it when addressing a misbehaving or distressed student. He uses these strategies to avoid prower struggles and build rapport.
  2. What evidence do you see of a positive classroom culture?
    Students are engaged and communicating. Students follow expectations and show respect.  
     
  3. In what ways is a sense of belonging encouraged in this classroom?
    Mr. Van Dyck encourages a sense of belonging by the way he arranges the desks and tables. Students are able to easily collabrate. He also makes the class fun and comfortable so the students have a sense of belonging and participate. 
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I 100% agree with his remarks and with the way he deals with his students.  He is obviously in control and exhibits an authoritative teaching style.  He also has a sense of concern, lightness, and inclusion.  This spreads throughout the room among the students and creates a well-functioning community.  Well done!

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Andrea Creswell July 25, 2019 10:20 pm

The students are made to feel comfortable in the classroom.

The teacher is kind and caring. He doesn't argue with their group discussions or point of view. They know they can discuss honestly. This encourages student participation.

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Mr. Van Dyck uses lower voice level and close proximity to the student to tell them when they are doing something correct. This encourages the desired behavior. He doesn't raise his voice to tell a student when they are doing something wrong. He believes that if he's using a conversational tone and encouraging the desired behavior, undesired behaviors diminish. The desks are also arranged to where the students are able to see each other during whole group discussions so everyone feels like part of the group and the desk setup allows for everyone to work together easily. The students are also all participating in classroom discussions which shows they are comfortable and at ease with each other.

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School Details

Buchser Middle School
1111 Bellomy Street
Santa Clara CA 95050
Population: 1044

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