Show 81: Summer PD Series 8, Building a Successful Classroom Culture

Ken EhrmannpowerED Up Podcast

It's amazing how a Kindergarten teacher and a high school teacher used so many similar strategies to build classroom culture at the beginning of the year. This was amazing to listen and take notes! Click To Tweet

We have the special honor of adding to additional guest co-hosts two this show, Mike Creed and Lee Carlson.  They are both masters of developing positive relationships and classroom communities.  Mike has experience with teaching students K-5 and Lee has experience teaching middle school and high school. The insight they offer is incredible, and amazingly correlates between secondary and elementary.  It is a balancing act between our efforts in the community and pushing the students to make their efforts.

In This Episode We Cover

  • First day of school activities that highlight the value of each individual student while connecting it to all past students.

  • Lee’s strategy for good day/bad day and how the students have taken ownership over that activity.

  • The value you in being different and how students buy into that mentality.

  • Be explicit and intentional to design activities and conversations to constantly build the classroom culture in a positive direction.

  • When we open ourselves up to our students it builds trust in the relationship, but also opens up opportunity for them to share with us.

  • We should always be striving to move our students towards a feeling and space where they feel confident to share about themselves to us.

  • It is not always going to be perfect, but we do our best everyday.  Sometimes, that is being tough and reminding them we need to hunker down and focus on our work.

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