Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture
Lesson Objective: Build a safe and inclusive classroom community
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Thought starters

  1. What strategies does Ms. Saul use to create a helpful class pledge?
  2. How does Ms. Saul communicate her beliefs about learning to her students?
  3. What practices and routines could you institute to build your unique classroom culture?
Love this! The positive focus you develop with your students is very inspiring. I look forward to doing the same with my students.
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Great way to circle back to pledge when students' are off task or on task and having them reflect on whether actions display it. Their pledge becomes one that students can see, hear, and hold each other accountable to.
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we develop a positive approach in the students should make better classroom
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are very important and crucial agreements with students
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This is a great idea it allows for more instructional time instead of spending precious time on modifying behavior each student then understands what important part they play in the school and classroom community. Thanks !
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    Interviewer: All right, back in 3, 2, 1.

    Establishing a strong classroom culture is essential because it’s sort of like

    Interviewer: All right, back in 3, 2, 1.

    Establishing a strong classroom culture is essential because it’s sort of like the bed that you plant the flowers in. You have to have that in order for things to flourish and grow. Students have to feel safe in your classroom. You have to normalize air. They have to know that it’s okay to try and try and try again, that you will actually learn more if you fail often.

    I have a really serious conversation with my students at the beginning of the year about their ownership in our classroom culture, and how each of them is responsible for maintaining our learning environment.

    I believe in myself and my ability to do my best.

    We’ve written a classroom pledge together establishing our hopes and dreams and goals for the year that we then use as a measure for our behavior throughout the rest of the year. If someone’s offending or interrupting or not staying on task, we will actually stop and have a conversation as a class, is this something that’s gonna help us achieve our hopes and dreams or is this something against.

    The students are able to make that judgment and respond to each other. Hearing it from your peer that you’re interrupting my learning is often times more effective than me redirecting. Taking the time to really have students buy into the idea that we’re on a journey, and if we’re all doing the things we’re supposed to do we’re going to get where we need to go.

    I am too focused on my hopes and dreams to waste today. I am college bound.

    [End of Audio]

School Details

East Palo Alto Charter School


Jen Saul
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Arts / 3 / Teacher



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture