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Discussion and Supporting Materials
- What strategies does Ms. Saul use to create a helpful class pledge?
- How does Ms. Saul communicate her beliefs about learning to her students?
- What practices and routines could you institute to build your unique classroom culture?
School DetailsEast Palo Alto Charter School
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Arts / 3 / Teacher
English Language Arts
Lidia Pinzon Rincon Mar 17, 2023 6:00pm
Ms. Saul motivates students to work as a team. She showed them that each is an essential part of the learning environment. By writing a pledge in a collaborative environment, they reinforced the importance of not wasting time on no planned tasks. When students understand they are part of something, they feel they are more than doers and start participating proactively. It also helps students realize what they want and how they want to be treated.
Ms Saul explains to students that each is responsible for having a safe place to stay while in school and for protecting their learning environment. She also has phrases to repeat, showing her accountability in the classroom. When someone has undesired behaviors, she lets students correct each other in a collaborative and constructive environment. She knows that peer discussions are more effective than corrective actions from the teacher. The class is a place to work collaboratively, respecting others and being responsible for their and the other's learning process.
I will let students know my class expectations from the first day to create a routine. Students will help me understand their learning process by participating in writing the class rules. As a team we will identify the most common goals for the class. I will help them understand which task we must perform to achieve those goals, and we will review the class progress frequently.
Marilyn Marshall Feb 23, 2023 8:22pm
Building a Positive Classroom Culture is very important. The teacher talked about talking with her class and determining that they will normalize the air in the classroom. The idea of the fact that you can be more successful if you fail often. The teacher shared with her class the responsibility to maintain a learning environment this was the measure of the success of the classroom. If someone is off task their responsibility is to stop and have a discussion about the fact that someone is off task. Hearing about your behavior from your peers is really important for the success of the class.
sherry dye Feb 17, 2023 11:58pm
1. Strategy: Is having the class read the pledge aloud together every day.
2. Belief: The teacher let her students know that it is okay to make mistakes. The teacher believes that her students can have a positive future if he/she takes ownership of learning.
3. Practice or Routine: To have the teacher & students recite a contract altogether every day.
Beto RIncon Jan 5, 2023 10:34pm
Jordan Johnson Sep 2, 2022 2:53pm
1, Ms. Saul Statement "I can" statement is a pledge the children have that encourages them to believe in themselves while taking accountability for their education
2. Ms. Saul communicates her beliefs with her students by ensuring they understand their future is one they have control over. Reminding the students that their day as well as class, can impact diffrently by their moods and their standards for themselves.
3. I would incorperate different posters of quotes such as "tomorrow is gone, make today count." I would also have the students turn in journals every class period and in the journal they can write whatever they feel like sharing. This can help me as an educator have independent time with each student and words of encouragement.