Unit 2: Classroom Environment

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Unit 2: Classroom Environment

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Lesson One ~

Guiding question: What is Classroom Climate?

1. Please read the following link: https://www.ideaedu.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/IDEA%20Papers/IDEA%20Papers/PaperIDEA_61.pdf

2. Think about classroom management. How does this relate to classroom climate?

  • Please watch the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNHuJi4oVY0

Examples of a Positive Classroom Environment:

  • Teacher maintains a positive attitude in the classroom
  • Students have an equal opportunity to excel in the classroom
  • Teacher encourages conversation that builds trust in the classroom
  • Students are comfortable in their arranged/flexible seating
  • Teacher sets classroom roles and routines
  • Classroom is decorated with student work
  • Classroom looks and feels"homey."

3. Please Read the Following Article on Classroom Culture:

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/critical-practices-for-antibias-education/classroom-culture

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Lesson Two ~

Guiding Question: What is Morning Meeting?

1. Read the following article on morning meeting in the responsive classroom: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/what-is-morning-meeting/

2. Take a look at Sample Morning Meetings: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/pdf_files/SMMbooklet.pdf

3. Watch: https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/classroom-morning-meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_pLkwaCeY

Think and reflect on how morning meeting makes an impact on students' emotional well being.

Which morning meeting strategy would you implement?

Important Tip: Even if the school you are employed in does not participate in morning meeting, you may still incorporate some of these components in your daily instruction when appropriate.


Lesson Three ~

Guiding Question: How could we effectively set up our classroom to support SEL?

1. Read about classroom setup:

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-physical-environment-of-classrooms-mark-phillips

https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/ET3ch1.pdf

2. Watch the video on the "calm corner."

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJE2RusSJk

  • The physical classroom space should allow students to feel safe
  • Students should have a space in the classroom where they need to manage their emotions
  • Teachers should encourage reflecting on feelings

Here is a link to plan out your classroom setup:

http://classroom.4teachers.org/

What components would you consider for your classroom setup?


Unit 2 Reflection ~

Please complete your reflection on the following form below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1az-ye2-tBhvymybRYDu1ylwDnZiQxMwu_0qVzXFR0Kk/prefill