Unit 1: Classroom Environments.
- Rewards and punishments change behavior but do not change the motive behind the behavior.
- Relationships are foundational for the creation of classroom environments that are conducive to learning.
- To create supportive learning environments the focus should be on fulfilling students' needs and NOT managing or manipulating students' behaviors.
Practical activities and recommendations.
- What's in a name?
- Benefits: Easier for teacher to remember names. Knowledge of another person's name is the first step to start a positive relationship with them.
- Drawbacks: In a class of thirty students the activity might take too much time.
- Suggestion made in class: Do some research on the origin of students' names in advance and share with them what you learnt.
- Appoint one minute student managers.
- Benefits: students become citizens in the classroom, they participate in the creation of the environment. Student experience a sense of responsibility. Teachers gain time.
- Examples of one minute managers: 'Attendance manager', 'technology manager', 'manager of the blog', 'start of class manager'.
- Audio taping lessons, watching them with students and identifying 'killer statements'.
- Benefits: Teachers show that they are concerned for their students' feelings and well being. Students develop more responsibility and a sense of citizenship int he classroom.