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Spring 2018 TLC: Students as Partners in Creating a Positive Classroom Environment - Activity 1 Resources

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.

A Safe and Democratic Classroom

As we discussed at the face-to-face day, the climate of the school and the classroom set the stage for a partnership with students. Students need to feel that they are in a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment in order to become partners with their teachers and their peers. In this activity, we will revisit and go a bit deeper into the practices that might foster such an environment.



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.  

This article outlines how to create a school climate where respect is valued and fostered in the school environment.