No Series: Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

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?

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  • Private message to MARYAM SUNDAY

1. Mrs. Saul created a helpful class pledge by adopting inclusion strategy. She used the pronoun 'I' instead of 'YOU'       making the students feel their own voices in the pledge.

2. She practically helped the student to understand that errors are part of learning and that they are easy to fix. She immediately fixed a spelling error right in front of them. She had also told the learners that they are on a journey.

3. I would make sure the classrom culture are relevant to my students' academic goal achievement, help my students to understand the essence of our classroom culture and feel included in the responsibility of maintaining the culture.

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  • Private message to Leonardo Vargas Jr

Ms. Saul, in her pledge, implements the use of a team and makes use of where the students want to be when they're older, in this case college bound. She communicates her beliefs that if you fail its more of a learning experience, you know not to do that again so you keep trying until you get it just right. To build my classroom culture, I've always been interested in the idea of the students teaching one another. Prior to this on the first day I would set up a game on how the students can meet one another and through this it will give the students a bit more comfort into working with one another to accomplish a certain goal be it a project or homework.

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  • Private message to Natalie Longoria

1. Mrs. Saul using motivation Help the classroom Environment safe. She's letting students know the expectations she wants from them but at the same time let her student know she's confident with them.

2. She talks about trial and error. She makes sure the students know that it's okay to make mistakes As long as a student recognize That it helps achieve their goal in the future.

3. He creates a safe Classroom environment and i'll let students know if they're in it  together.

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  • Private message to Elena Toyos

1- Ms. Saul is inclusive from the beginning.  She created a pledge with her students to promote ownership and buy-in.

2- Ms. Saul has a discussion with her students at the beginning of the year to establish their yearly goals. When students interrupt others' learning, she stops everything and they have a conversation about whether a certain behavior will help them or hinder them when achieving their goals.

3- I would build a positive culture in my classroom from the moment students step into my class by greeting them each by name and teaching them to respond properly.  We would create our yearly goals at the beginning of the year and work towards achieving them through hard work, dedication, and practice.  We would continuosly remind one another that we can achieve anything if we set oiur minds to it, and we would collaborate to help one another.

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  • Private message to Basem Khalil
  1. What strategies does Ms. Saul use to create a helpful class pledge?

She is using:
- encouragement in her classroom.
- She tries to interact positively with the students.
- Making the student feel relaxed when making mistakes.

  1. How does Ms. Saul communicate her beliefs about learning to her students?
  • Through writing down a pledge at the beginning of the year about their ownership and the classroom.
  • Making students feel okay to make mistakes.

 

  1. What practices and routines could you institute to build your unique classroom culture?
  • Using the pledge.
  • Helping my students to feel happy while they're at classroom.
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Transcripts

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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

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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 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]

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East Palo Alto Charter School

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Jen Saul
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