Creating a classroom climate that optimizes learning
Updated: May 30, 2022
How can we create classroom climates that optimize learning for all students? This is an important question to ask, as the climate has a huge impact on how well students learn. In this post, we'll explore what classroom climate is, and discuss some ways to create a positive learning environment in your classroom.
What is classroom climate and why is it important for learning to take place effectively
Classroom climate is the overall feeling of the classroom. It encompasses everything from the physical space to the relationships among classmates. A positive classroom climate is one in which students feel comfortable and safe, and are able to focus on the material presented. Conversely, a negative classroom climate can lead to disruptive behaviors and hinder learning outcomes.
How can you create a classroom climate that is conducive to learning for all students?
Creating a classroom climate that facilitates learning involves more than just classroom management. It is important to create positive relations among students and between teachers and students, as well as clear classroom rules about what is expected of students. Additionally, it's important to create an environment for learning that allows students to feel safe enough to take risks and fail sometimes.
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What are some strategies for establishing classroom rules and procedures?
Some classroom rules and procedures that teachers can establish include:
-Come in quietly, sit in your chair, and get out your notebook.
Why: This shows the teacher and your classmates that you are ready to learn and are an independent starter.
-Raise your hand if you have a question or to share something.
Why: This lets that teacher and other students know that you have something to contribute but says you are willing to wait your turn in respect of someone who might already be speaking.
-Silence technology means putting away all electronics so they are completely silent.
Why: When technology is silenced we can focus and be actively listening or actively working without the distraction of non school related input.
These classroom rules and routines a