I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous... to humiliate, humor, hurt or heal. Ginott, 1972
The classroom environments we create are powerful. They can support or deter students as they move through their school day. When we make our classrooms safe, respectful, empowering and challenging places notable changes in behaviour and academic success follow.
Is there a sense of community?
Are my voice, body language and words kind, accepting and respectful?
Does it feel safe to take risks?
Are successes recognized and celebrated in a variety of ways?
|Carol Tomlinson speaks about the impact a rich learning environment can have on students in a differentiated classroom.|