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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

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JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:25 AM

TeachThought provides a list of 20 tips to promote a self-directed classroom culture.  They say a great classroom culture needs to be a place in which:

Safe Place to FailEncourage CuriosityGive your students a voiceUse tiered responsibilityFoster peer supportConsider natural consequencesConfidence buildingModel how to learnDon’t impose limitations

10. Use real life examples of perseverance

11. Teach students how to set manageable goals

12. Teach students how to overcome disappointment

13. Reward attitude, not just aptitude

14. Believe in their abilities

15. Accept the mess

16. Offer reflection after the project is over

17. Give immediate feedback

18. Give both short and long-term assignments

19. Identify obstacles and negative beliefs

20. Let go of the idea that students success reflects on you

 

To me, the only way to establish classroom culture is for it to be self-directed.  Culture is something that is hard to put your finger on because it really is intangible, it is something that has to be taught, transferred, and supported by everyone in the room.  These suggestions are great guidelines for how to think about student success and believing good things for your class.  Some practical suggestions I would like to use for sure, are peer support and giving students a voice.  I believe kids are more inclined to become passionate learners when they feel like they have a voice in what goes on in the classroom.

Lauren Yachera's curator insight, March 7, 10:12 AM

Really insightful tips that help to promote a self-directed classroom culture. I came across a few that I never really considered before: making the classroom a safe place to fail, and considering natural consequences. Both of these go together hand-in-hand when it comes to students attitudes towards not doing as well as they may have expected. Students need to know that it is okay to fail (sometimes, not all of the time!) and that they can bounce back from it. They cannot be afraid of failure; if they are, they may never try new things. It's important to build a nurturing and supportive classroom, where the teacher acts as a neutral supporter (rather than an angry, disappointed one) that encourages the student that everything will be okay. We have to help them if they don't do well, not hurt them even more.

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, March 13, 6:06 PM

I personally really liked these tips and will definitely be using some of them in my future classroom.  I actually really thought it was different and liked that one of the tips was to make it a safe place to fail.  This is because I feel like everything about school is always about getting good grades and students feel ashamed to get a bad grade, especially a failing grade. This makes it very important to create an environment where it is okay to fail.

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