A classroom climate is defined as “the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical environments in which our students learn”. There is a plethora of research, articles, books and thought leaders in education that advocate the need for teachers to create a positive environment in the classroom. One can safely say that it is a prerequisite if meaningful work and student cooperation are expected. It also conducive to learning and without it, teachers may find difficulty in handling classroom management and goes hand in hand with effective teaching.
However, I think that this task should be shared by not just teachers and learners, but also of parents, school ...view middle of the document...
I usually make my expectations known and I establish a routine classroom procedures and for my students’ behavior, classroom safety, and achievement through a detailed class discussion, giving detailed handouts for students AND parents (both in English and Vietnamese. My purpose in doing this is to have both the parents and the students on board with the classroom expectations for the students’ work and conduct. I also gave out my school contact information and working hours just in case the parents need to get in touch with me.
Culture of Respect
Creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and support in the classroom encourages where students in expressing their concerns or asking questions. Greeting students and knowing them well will give a sign to the students that a particular classroom is a friendly and respectful place. At first, this was very difficult for me as I have at times, 40 or more students in my class. Compounding my problem was I was always mispronouncing my students’ names. As a solution my students and I came up with a plan to write their names along with their phonetic spelling of it, the students also took the time in teaching me how to correctly pronounce it. This helped build my rapport with them. The students teaching me gave them a sense of confidence that I, too, can make mistakes. If the teachers ask for help if they make mistakes, they can, too. I, by accident, established our classroom is a place where they could ask questions or help without fear of ridicule or feeling unintelligent.
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning Community
A positive classroom also is also a place of and for learning. It is where students are engaged in “meaningful” work. The teacher plays an important role by communicating to students that they need to be on-task and they can ask for help by collaborating with each other. Promoting a community of learners and “knowledge” adventurers would certainly instill a curiosity in learning. Another way of setting up community of learners is by establishing routine activities that compliment receiving of knowledge.
In my classroom, I realized that in order for me to foster this “community of learners” I need to have strategies that would make efficient use of my class time and reduce distractions on my students. I also need to figure out a way to keep a high level of interest and engagement from my students. I started my lesson and ended my lesson in a pattern that my students became familiar with: warm-up activity, lecture, break-out sessions in seatwork, pair/group work, reinforcing activity, and feedback. Students are aware that they need to make a contribution in classroom conversations during pair/group work and in discussions. The level of quality of interaction also serves as my formative assessment tool of the students’ understanding of the day’s lesson. I also empower my students by giving them a chance to rate their peers in class...