LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

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.

In this video, teacher Susan Nunan explains how she creates a leaning environment based on respect and good communication.

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