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Fosters an environment where educators and students are positive and respectful.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers establish an environment where respect, cooperation, and courtesy is modeled and expected from students and teachers. The contributions of students are valued and acknowledged. Demeaning, sarcastic, or embarrassing comments are not acceptable.

What Effective Teachers Consider

Does my attitude and speech reflect a positive and respectful environment? Are my students positive and respectful to me and to each other? Is my classroom a place of safety and security, where positive interactions build student confidence?ts? Do I believe all students in my classroom can succeed? Am I approachable and caring for all students?

  • Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
    (Doug Lemov, 2010 )
    Chapter 7, “Building Character and Trust,” specifically discusses how to build trust. “People are motivated by the positive far more than the negative.”
  • Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom
    (Jim Fay and David Funk, 2010)
    “Education is based on a relationship, not a procedure.” p. 304. “I know there are many of you who believe that kids are supposed to respect you and that we get to do anything because we are adults and they are kids, but with tough kids, I’ve got to get them to fall in love with me so deeply that they will do things for me that they would not do for anyone else—including themselves.” p. 312.
  • Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying
    (Stan Davis and Julia Davis, 2007)
    Chapter 7 specifically details how to build relationships between school staff and students. “Reciprocal caring and respectful and participatory relationships are the critical determining factors in whether a student learns; whether parents become and stay involved in the school; whether a program or strategy is effective; whether an educational change is sustained; and, ultimately, whether a youth feels he or she has a place in this society.” Bonnie Benard
  • Shaping a Culture of Respect in Our Schools: Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships
    (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2008)
    Available as a PDF download, this 56-page book-like report details how to reduce gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior in schools.
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  • Committee for Children, Key Factors in Creating a Positive Classroom Climate, August 12, 2012.
    To create a positive climate for your classroom, focus on these three “pieces” of the classroom climate “pie".
  • Marlynn K. Clayton, Displaying Student Work, Responsive Classroom, August 18, 2010 .
    Displaying student work sends the message that student work is valued. Suggestions for implementing this strategy are listed.