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What is SEL and Why is it Important?

In this video we provide a brief overview of social-emotional learning and discuss why it is important in the context of a school's overall culture and climate.
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What is SEL and why does it matter?

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Building a classroom community | Virginia Commonwealth University Training and Technical Assistance Center Newsletter

Building a classroom community | Virginia Commonwealth University Training and Technical Assistance Center Newsletter | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
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As you close the year and begin thinking about summer and then the new school year, consider becoming  more intentional about building community!

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Classroom Culture vs. Classroom Management

Classroom Culture vs. Classroom Management | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
What's the difference between classroom culture and classroom management, and how can you make the most of both? Lily Jones provides helpful tips and resources.
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We think about classroom management, when the culture is the context in which all behavior occurs.  Transforming the culture can transform the behavior.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 30, 6:03 PM
Engaging students and helping them find ways to be responsible for their learning is important. A culture of learning and teaching, not as either/or proposistions, but as two conjoined practices, is important. It is about leading (based on etymology of educate and pedagogy).
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What Do Students Think Of Your Class?

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What Do Students Think Of Your Class?
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Building community in your classroom starts with envisioning the culture you want.  Allowing students to help "brand" the tribe is a powerful way to build a community where everyone belongs

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14 Ways to Create Your Classroom Community

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Start building community and culture in your classroom. Sarah Brown Wessling shares 14 ways she creates chemistry with her students
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"After all, when Community and Culture take their rightful places in the desks of our classrooms, we can look forward to a June when we didn’t just finish a school year, but put learning in its rightful place: their heads and our shared ideals."

 

Relationships!  Routines!  Shared leadership!  

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School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms

School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
Move over, teacher quality. A new study on New York City schools could make school climate the next frontier in […]
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Surprise, surprise!  Culture counts!

 

 

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Surprise, surprise!  Culture counts!

 

 

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, March 29, 9:18 PM

Surprise, surprise!  Culture counts!

 

 

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How to Make an Ugly Classroom Beautiful

twitter/instagram @gl3nngogo Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/gl3nngogo Sorry for the presumptuous title but I think my classroom is beautiful.
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work it!

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
It's important for educators to examine their own biases so they connect more deeply with each child in their classrooms.
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It starts with relationships!  Be intentional about the culture you create!  


" that you'll reach across that perceived chasm and get to know the person on the other side. I hope that you'll find out who he is and what he loves to do and how you might be able to make his daily life just a little bit easier. I hope that you'll recognize your own fears and apprehension, perhaps fears of the unknown or the "other" or fears of your own limitations to help. And I hope you'll reach out anyway."

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Classroom Culture Series at Oakland Schools

Classroom Culture Series at Oakland Schools | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
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Students bring  their culture to our schools and classrooms.  The teaching staff become part of that culture.  The challenge is to create, collaboratively, a culture of learning within the space given. 

We are excited to offer a comprehensive array of opportunities to help district staff become more intentional about the experiences they design.  The overall vision of the series was created           collaboratively with Oakland County teachers  and Oakland Schools staff from School Quality and      Special Education who considered the crosswalk between teacher evaluation, important frameworks and the thinking of leading researchers in the field.  The series is sure to offer something for everyone. Preventative or responsive; Saturdays, half-days, virtual and face -to –face opportunities will exist.

 For more information, check out the brochure!  https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ibz5734at4i2nv/Culture%202016Brochure.Final2.pdf?dl=0


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Wiley: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration - Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft, null Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, et al

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Third Teacher 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning

Third Teacher 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
Created by an international team of architects and designers concerned about our failing education system, The Third Teacher explores the critical link between the school environment and how children learn, and offers 79 practical design ideas, both gre
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Build a Safe Environment | StopBullying.gov

Everyone at school can work together to create a climate where bullying is not acceptable. Find out what you can do to help build a safe and supportive school environment at StopBullying.gov.
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Pratical tups to prevent and respond to bullying behavior.

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Visible Thinking

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Build community by designing for conversation with thinking routines!

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CTE - Building Inclusive Classrooms

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Ideas and strategies on how to create and maintain inclusive classrooms, such as icebreakers, establishing ground rules, managing classroom climate, and utilizing inclusive teaching strategies.
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Cornell has done a great job of looking into classroom culture.  This resource details specific ways you can create an inclusive learning community,

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WeAreTeachers: 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Develop a Strong Classroom Community

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Developing a classroom community is perhaps the most effective classroom-management strategy. Here are 10 easy ways to increase the sense of community within your own classroom.
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Let students co-create the culture!  Tips and tricks to make it happen!

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Building Your Classroom Community

Create a tolerant and respectful environment that prevents bullying and other negative behaviors.
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Classrooms are social environments.  Here are some specific ways you can create a culture where everyone wins!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 20, 1:05 PM
Community forms rather than is built. We build towns, cities, teams, etc. Community forms. What we have to be aware of and mindful of is the way we talk to each other and how we listen to each other. Respect for the other and being responsible for our actions becomes important. When children/students see and hear bullying that goes unaddressed, they copy the actions rather than the words.
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Social Emotional Learning has become an important focus in schools , of late.  Many refer to social skills as soft skills.  There is also a movement to measure these skills in students. Accountability for teachers and schools will likely become part of this.  

 

An interesting few paragraphs caution people about the genetic component of personality.  To me, this means we must consider "riding the pony in the direction it is facing" and keep expectations realistic and appropriately challenging for the individual.

 

The article goes on to give practical advice for educators who want to support soft skill growth in students.  The highlights?

  1. Focus on behavior, not traits and dispositions; 
  2. Teach, acknowledge and provide opportunities for respectful social interactions; 
  3. Measure growth using naturally occurring and useful feedback;
  4. Establish priorities for students who are 'off track";
  5. Focus on places and spaces (and people) with whom student has difficulties;
  6. Learn from your efforts
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Effective Teachers and PBIS: "Shhh! Don't Tell Them!"

Effective Teachers and PBIS:  "Shhh!  Don't Tell Them!" | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
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Reflections of key principles of effective classrooms...........

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Effective teachers have routines they teach.  They have many positive, enocuraging interactions with kids.  Their relationships are built on trust. These things come naturally to many; others have praticed and are wonderful and effective teachers because of these characteristics (and more).  Their "way" helps kids develop self-control.  

The feel of buildings also varies.  The number of kids sitting in offices, ready to be suspended varies.  It cannot be a fluke that behavior tends to be the most frustrating thing that principals and new teachers deal with.  I hear this over and over and over again, year in and year out.  There is a pattern.  Not everywhere; but in many places.  Without consistent routines and highly positive relationships, there will be problems.  how could there not be when we gather 500 kids in one building?

The spirit of PBIS, done well, is actually an attempt to bring those important things to teachers who are less consistent; don't have routines and aren't establishing positive interactions and trusting relationships.  There are many teachers who are committed to a system of punishment where the negative interactions outweigh the positive ones in a frightening way.  

 

Most buildings have common areas where interactions with many adults occur.  PBIS is about creating consistent routines in those areas so that bus drivers, custodians, and lunch ladies are also part of the consistent plan.  

 

Not every teacher needs these things because they are already doing them.  Not every building needs the effort because the administrator has already laid the principles down and everyone is on board.  There are routines for coming in the building; getting on the bus; coming and going in the cafeteria.  Things are not chaotic.  

 

The rewards portion of PBIS is one that upsets many people.There is much data on this supporting the use of rewards in buildings.  However, I think complaints about extrinsic rewarding are valid, in most cases.  My personal opinion is that acknowledgments are what is needed.  This is simply tied to positive interactions (the ones that good teachers do well without thinking). Effective teachers acknowledge kids at higher rates.  This is not a bribe.  It is not about control.  It is part of  communicating with humans.  

 

If we watched a child struggle and overcome a difficult hurdle, would we smile at them, acknowledging their triumph?  I would hope so!  That is acknowledgement.  It is what effective teachers do.  It builds relationships and trust.  It keeps kids engaged with us and our learning.

 

Having been in thousands of classrooms across our county, I can honestly say:  some schools and classrooms need the consistency that a framework like PBIS can offer; others are already implementing the important principles without labeling them PBIS.  

 

I've alos learned over the years that acronyms and words can carry baggage.  Sometimes simply changing the label makes things palatable.  You call it good teaching; I call it differentiation. It puts more detailed feet to the notion of good teaching.  The feet are needed for people who aren't there yet.   We are often talking about the same thing.  

 

Effective schools and  teachers are likely implementing all or most of the important principles of PBIS.  

 

Shhhhhhhhhh!  Don't tell them!  : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building a PBL Culture in the Classroom | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Building a PBL Culture in the Classroom | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
RT @web20classroom: Building PBL Culture In The Classroom: http://t.co/ZyLdfHTkCj
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Foundations: The Art and Heart of Teaching

Foundations:  The Art and Heart of Teaching | Classroom Culture:  Creating positive learning environments! | Scoop.it
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The Art (and Heart) of  Teaching

 A teacher’s own identity, values and beliefs help form the basis from which flourishing cultures of learning may (or may not) grow.  The focus of this two-day reflective experience is on exploring and clarifying our identities, values and beliefs around teaching and learning;    demystifying what it takes to create the space/place we want and making our vision transparent for cultural transformation.     Designed/Facilitated by:  Dalyce Beegle, Bryan Dean, Mary Perfitt-Nelson and Holly Zimmerman.Cohort 1:  12/3/15 and 1/12/16 http://tinyurl.com/oao3on5 Cohort 2:  3/9/16 and 3/28/16  http://tinyurl.com/otc647v to 3 pm  $35 per person includes materials, lunch and snacks

 

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Manners as a Learning Foundation

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Classroom culture is important for learning. Manners as a Learning Foundation. #SOEL http://t.co/ZFJwETygp0
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Modeling "manners" builds empathy!
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