Positive classroom climates are linked to positive outcomes for all students. The document below highlights six essential practices that are designed to not only create a positive classroom climate, but also to improve academic engagement, increase the likelihood of appropriate behavior, decrease the likelihood of behavioral errors, and enhance social skills. The six essential practices are:
- Classroom Structure
- Relationship and Cultural Responsiveness
- Expectations, Rules, and Routines
- Student Engagement
- Acknowledging Appropriate Behavior
- Responding to Behavioral Errors
In the document below, each of the six practices are defined in terms of its primary goal, what the practice ‘looks like’ in the classroom, and how the practice supports all students. Additional tools and video examples are embedded in the document.