Last week we talked about building effective strategies for questions in the classroom. Before anyone learning can occur, including good questions, a classroom culture and rhythm must be created. Every classroom, much like every home or neighborhood, has its own culture, its own particular habits and rituals. Teachers can help build confidence in students with positive and nurturing classroom culture, or elicit negative reactions and anxiety with a destructive classroom culture.
The physical arrangement of the classroom plays a large part in establishing culture, the teacher’s attitude towards student inquiry plays into positive classroom culture, and support from home can help cement a culture of positive learning. Maslow postulated that true learning can’t take place until students feel safe, comfortable, and are having both body and mind positively supported.
Tara Maynard, Math teacher in Zeeland, helped guide us through a chat about creating positive classroom culture.
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