Teaching and Learning - Classroom Environment

Classroom EnvironmentSupports for Classroom Environment involve understanding behaviour and relationships:


From the PRSD Offering: Integrating Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI)


On School Culture and Classroom Culture Building

Anthony Muhammad Transforming School Culture

WebinarTotal Participation Techniques

Help all students demonstrate active participation and cognitive engagement in whatever you’re teaching by embedding Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) in your lessons. Based on their ASCD book, Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele will walk you through the why and the how of these essential classroom techniques. Reflecting on their work in K–12 classrooms, the Himmeles will provide photos and descriptions of TPTs being used in classrooms, background on how to use TPTs to support students in their development of higher-order thinking skills, and a model for cognitive engagement that you can use for planning, peer coaching, and leading.


WebsiteSchool Improvement: Classroom Management Strategy of the Week

School Improvement Network is an online professional development and teacher training company that partners with schools, districts, and educators throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas to increase student achievement.

Classroom Simulator: http://simulator.cte.jhu.edu/simulations/10#!/scene/46 To create a learning environment that minimizes threats and distractions and promotes student learning, examine this classroom for ideas.

Sustaining Strong Classroom Culture: Includes a webinar/chat link and videos to support your thinking on this topic. https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2015/03/20/sustaining-strong-classroom-culture/?utm_source=newsletter20150321

Building a Culture of Learning: It's not too late! Strengthen or re-energize your classroom culture with these three principles: click here: Teaching Channel

Web NewsletterEffective Teaching at www.teaching.net

Harry and Rosemary Wong - authors of The First Day and Beyond provide constant and vigilant advice and tips on ever improving the deeply complex task of effective teaching. You will find testimonials from teachers as well as archived issues here. 

Social Network: Classroom Management - Edutopia Community

Whether you're a first-year teacher or a seasoned pro, effective classroom management is a critical piece of any successful classroom. Share what works. Join the Group

Webinar: Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom - ASCD

The prospect of “managing” a classroom of young learners is daunting to most teachers at the outset of their careers. Over time, most teachers become at least somewhat more comfortable with “managing” students. Nonetheless, “classroom management” remains a key impediment to using differentiated instruction for many, if not most, teachers both veteran and novice. This webinar explored three critical questions that may inhibit teacher confidence in establishing classrooms that are flexible enough to attend to the range of learning needs of students in those classrooms.

  • What is the difference between leading students and managing them?

  • What are some steps in effectively leading students?

  • What are some strategies for managing the details required for effective and efficient differentiation?

Watch this webinar as a way of reflecting on your own classroom or classrooms in your school or district, and to strengthen your understanding of what it means to be both leader and a manager in a setting designed to address the learning needs of all students in the classroom.

WebinarMotivating Students to Achieve - Dr. Judy Willis

 (July 20, 2010) Some students come to us already discouraged with negative baggage about their own potential, school in general, or the subjects we teach. How can we change that negativity to motivation? The keys are to connect with their curiosity; help them recognize incremental progress to appropriately achievable individualized challenge; and use other neuro-logical strategies to reverse negativity and sustain a positive attitude by increasing interest, relevance, confidence, foundational knowledge, and active participation in a climate where students are not stressed by the fear of mistakes. Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher in Santa Barbara, Calif., has combined her training in neuroscience and neuroimaging with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience. She has become an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research. Handouts (PDF)

WebinarAsk Dr. Judy: Why Don't My Students Pay Attention?

(May 11, 2010) You've made lesson plans with objectives, assessments, and learning style accommodations. You already know and probably use the most neuro-logical strategies, but some students just don’t seem to pay attention. This webinar examined the use of curiosity and prediction to maximize and maintain attention. Handouts (PDF)

Recommended Resources:

Book: The Advantage:Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in a Business

Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. Referred to on ATA PD Day 2015.

Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A leadership fable - effective and instructional.

BookDeveloping Self-regulated Learners: Beyond Achievement to Self-Efficacy

Barry J. Zimmerman, Sebatian Bonner, and Rober Kovach   American Psychological Association 1996

Ultimately we want our students to self-monitor and be self-motivated. This book will explain how to help students truly become life-long learners. This great resource is enhanced by the website Learning and the Adolescent Mind - this site includes Barry Zimmerman's work as well as links to Carol Dweck (Mindset, 2006) and more. There are tools, ideas, practices and the people at the center of the study of learning and the adolescent. Includes links to the Everyone Graduates project.


WebsiteTeachers Love Smartboards

This website is hosted (and was created) by James Hollis, a teacher who wants to help teachers find quality resources to use on the Smartboard in their classrooms. 


Article: How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation. Edutopia.org