A Cooperative Classroom Climate
- Work hard to get to know each student and help them learn about each other. The book includes sample student and parent surveys. This includes literacy and math skills they may need. If they are lacking in these areas help them. Use positive language and a kind voice. Use honest praise as much as possible. Move your desk to the back of the room to project a student-centered attitude. Build on student interests and opinions to keep the work interesting and the students busy. Get student feedback on activities and teaching methods. Avoid classroom competitions. When student conflicts arise, work to resolve them. If you are always attentive you can prevent some conflict. Model the behavior you want and arm students with what to do when dealing with a conflict. Be available before and after school and attend school events where they will attend.
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