Goal 14 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011
Short-term– Observe your classroom. Watch the students’ behavior towards one another. Do they communicate with each other? Do they have trust in you? Do they get along with each other? Do they understand the rules and respect each other? Do they feel they can ask you questions? Take observation notes and determine what your classroom culture is perceived to be by these observations. Is this what you want your classroom culture to be like?Long-term– How can you improve your classroom culture? Do you need to make changes to the environment? Do you need to rearrange desks? Do you need to have more activities that help students learn to build a connection with each other? Think of ways to implement the changes to improve your classroom culture.
“Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, give himself citizenship in the changing world, share’s the race’s mind and enfranchises his own soul.”~ John Finley
Observe your classroom. Take observation notes and determine what your classroom culture is perceived to be by these observations. Is this what you want your classroom culture to be like? How can you have your classroom culture reflect your educational philosophy?
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