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Spring 2018 TLC: Students as Partners in Creating a Positive Classroom Environment - Activity 2 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.

Understanding Student Needs in a Positive Classroom Environment

A classroom that supports students’ academic, physical, and social needs requires that the teacher have a thorough knowledge of the needs of students, both in a general sense and specific to their stage of development. Developmental stages have ramifications for students needs regarding expectations, routines, classroom grouping and the nature of academic work. Intentional teacher moves cultivate such a supportive environment, these moves include proactively getting to know students and applying what you’ve learned to support them.



This resource from Teaching as Leadership explores the following:

  • Thematic Lessons from Cognitive Development
  • Grade-Specific Lessons from Cognitive Development

This website provides information on developmental stages for children of different ages.  It includes tips and ideas on how to nurture the child at his/her stage.  

This post provides broad information about several theories of child development in order to gain an understanding of the various influences on development.


This Edutopia article and video share the latest research on the science of learning and development.