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Water the flowers: Tips for maintaining a positive classroom environment

By March 31, 2016June 10th, 20164 Comments

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  • You make a great point that teachers become great actresses/actors. I never looked at it that way before, but in a way that is true. Being a teacher of students will special needs, primarily in the area of emotions, I hear a huge range of things and have learned over the years to simply be very neutral, not overly positive and not overly negative. It is a skill though that requires learning and through that you create an environment of safety.

  • JC says:

    Generating a confident education environment will enhance the students’ knowledge, shape a consistent classroom community and generate an enjoyable work environment for both teachers and students….and the steps outline here do just that.
    Each and every student, even those with complications and unexpected individual challenges, can do well when they are physically comfortable, mentally motivated and emotionally supported and teachers are the only ones that can encourage the student’s ability to thrive once they enter the classroom.
    As a teacher “redirecting classroom energy” is great, because when students feel respected, supported, appreciated and valued, learning comes much more easily. These simply steps described might just be that piece many teachers are missed in helping create a positive classroom environment that helps each child reach their full potential.

  • Cheryl Abla says:

    Thank you for your comment. I like that you stress not being overly positive nor overly negative. Keeping that even ton is so important to help cultivate a safe rick-free environment. Teachers should win academy awards for their amazing performances, especially on those rough days.
    Take Care,

  • Cheryl Abla says:

    Thank you for your comment. You made several important points in your comment. That risk-taking classroom tone really helps students have a growth mindset and an “I’m Possible” CAN DO attitude. Creating that positive culture is the first step to fostering a “failing forward” type of attitude.
    Thank you,

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