Set of 8: Positive Classroom Environment

Anna Blakeslee

Continuing with the SEED PAK’s new self-directed learning option, Sets of 8, here is a set of Resources related to a positive classroom environment. Sets of 8 are intended to guide learners through a series of resources discussing philosophy and also showing applications of strategies to implement in the classroom. All Sets of 8 resources are housed in the PD Market, allowing you to earn contact hours for license recertification and tracked through RANDA, if you have a RANDA account.   In order to receive recertification credit, you must complete the resource by submitting answers to the questions in the Response/Reflection tab. If all Sets of 8 resources are completed in the PD Market, you can receive 5.50 recertification credit hours. If you would like more information about how to complete a PD Market resource and receive recertification hours, please watch the informational video here.     


The third Set of 8 is about setting up a positive classroom environment and classroom management strategies that would support a positive environment.  I chose resources that have had the most impact on my thinking about classroom climate and classroom management. The resources have been compiled together with the objectives of:

  • Creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that supports students’ academic, physical, and social/emotional needs.

  • Exploring practices that engage students in the creation of a classroom environment that is characterized by clearly defined high expectations for behavior.

  • Constructing a dynamic classroom environment with a purposeful focus on learning.


Power in the Classroom: Creating the Environment  -This article explains different ways students can meet their needs for power.  It also gives specific strategies and ideas on how to empower students in the classroom through classroom culture and environment, behavior,  and content-rich experiences. (0.75 credit hour)


Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in the Classroom - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory that insists that students needs must be met in order for students to reach their full potential.  This article is a brief description of students' needs and how students’ needs can inform our classroom instruction. (0.50 credit hour)

Why Discipline Should be Aligned with A School's Learning Philosophy-This article shares an example of a school that is engaged in the work of “deeper learning” and outlines the ways in which a school’s discipline system can mirror its educational philosophy. (0.50 credit hour)


Reframing Classroom Management: A Toolkit for Teachers-"This toolkit seeks to reframe classroom management by questioning the assumption that teachers must always lead and be in control and that students must always follow. This model supports teachers in responding to student behavior with the goal of keeping learning on track rather than keeping absolute control. It focuses on student development instead of punishment."  This resource walks through the model with suggestions on how to implement or deal with different situations.


Punitive or Restorative: The Choice is Yours-This article describes the restorative approach to discipline.  Readers will get an overview of how to carry out the restorative approach, and how it differs from traditional approaches to discipline and classroom management.  


The End of Average: Todd Rose 8 for 8- In this video, Todd Rose presents why we use the average to run business, education and medicine, and how the average really doesn't apply to any of those fields.  Instead, we should be focusing on the Science of the Individual.


Creating a Climate of Respect-This article outlines how to create a school climate where respect is valued and fostered in the school environment.


Improving Students’ Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning-When teachers craft strong relationships with their students, the benefits range from increased academic engagement and achievement to positive social development. This online module, created by the American Psychological Association, features embedded videos with classroom models and expert interviews, and many suggestions for how to develop strong relationships with the young people in your classes. Whether you're looking for examples of positive teacher-student relationships, how to improve relationships with difficult students, or ideas to strengthen the relationships you've already cultivated, this resource is filled with research-based tips and recommendations that you can implement in your classroom immediately.