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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 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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  • Private message to Erica Molina

1. Mrs. Saul uses motivation to create a safe enviornment in her classroom.  She is setting expecations but at the same time is letting the students know she has confidence in them.

2. She talks about trial and error.  It's okay to make mistakes as long as the student recongizes that a fix is necessary to achive goals, hopes and dreams. 

3. Create a safe zone classroom and that we are there to grow together in this year's journey. 

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  • Private message to User 1234
  1. What strategies does Ms. Saul use to create a helpful class pledge? She uses community learning and accountability.
  2. How does Ms. Saul communicate her beliefs about learning to her students? She writes out a pledge that sets the tone for expectations for learning for the year.
  3. What practices and routines could you institute to build your unique classroom culture? I would implement aspects of community learning, have a class discussion about what we can mostly or unanimously agree on as expectations for one another and also post set rules in a clearly visible place in the classroom. -Michael Mueller
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  • Private message to rebecca rodrigue

1. Ms. Saul uses stratagies by having a talk with students about what their responsablilities are for the year and what their hopes and goals are. 

2. She makes sure her kids know mistakes are okay and they are to learn from. She encourages them to keep trying. 

3. Some stragagies i could use in my classrom would be to make sure my kids know it is okay to make mistakes and that they need to keep trying after them. Another would be to make sure to set goals that they want to acomplish for the year and maybe even revisit those goals at the end of the year to make sure the goals were met. 

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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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