classroom climate

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Simple Ways to Address the Five Best Teaching Practices (Compiled from the Sept 09 Delta Roundtable Participants)

This list of ideas was generated by more than 70 participants at the Delta Roundtable Dinner on September 16, 2009 following Dr. Aaron Brower’s presentation on five best teaching practices.  Participants were asked to share one simple, easy-to-implement approach for improving learning in their classrooms.  The ideas were collected, compiled, and organized accordingly to the five best teaching practices (learning in context, group-based learning, time on task, increased frequency of feedback, and positive classroom climate).  Please note that the list is mostly unfiltered.  There are many ideas, only some of which will likely appeal to individual readers.  We suggest you browse the list and pick out ideas that resonate with your approach to teaching and the needs of your students.

 

“Simple” Strategies for Addressing the Five Best Practices in Teaching and Learning   

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Creating a Positive Classroom Climate--Even in Large Lectures

Creating a positive classroom climate is one of a handful of practices we can do that improve student learning and success.  This list comes from Tracy Schroepfer, my colleague in the School of Social Work.  It's filled with great stuff--some simple that anyone can do, others that take a little more practice.  But nothing here is particularly complicated; it just takes some intentionality.  And all of it helps students engage with you as instructor, with their peers, and with their own learning.

Classroom practices to create a positive classroom climate, as told to me by Tracy Schroepfer, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work:

I try and set the tone the first day by:

1.  Talking about how we are going to learn together this semester because they bring their own wealth of knowledge and experiences to the classroom to share.

2.  Telling them that absolutely no question is ever a dumb question - we learn by questioning.

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