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Oral Presentations - Guzman 306

Presentation or Panel Title

Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

Location

Guzman 306

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:20 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 1:35 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Rosemarie Michaels

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

When new teachers begin their careers, they quickly learn that a good classroom environment, where students are happy to learn and are easily engaged, can be difficult to establish and maintain. Students need a classroom environment that motivates them to learn and grow throughout the year, where teachers and students can create a positive learning community. Unfortunately, new teachers cannot always find all the information they need in one place. Research is usually focused on specific parts of the classroom dynamic or certain skills teachers should learn, tending not to look at the classroom as a whole. Some schools also can provide a handful of programs and trainings for teachers that focus on positive behavior that can be integrated into the classroom, but sometimes these programs are not offered or do not work. The purpose of this study is to find and describe multiple ways that elementary school teachers can create a positive and engaging classroom environment. These ways will include strategies teachers can use to enhance the classroom climate as well as school-wide trainings that can be provided to faculty. Therefore, the research question asked is: How do K-5 teachers create positive and engaging learning environments? This study is important because new teachers may not have learned how to create a positive classroom environment that is effective and keeps students interested in learning throughout the year. In order to collect data, interviews with teachers ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade with varying amounts of teaching experience will be held during the spring. Questions about strategies to create a classroom environment that is positive and engaging will be asked and answers will be recorded. Also, a focus group of six teachers will convene and discuss positive classroom environments. The anticipated results are that teachers will describe a variety of different strategies they use to create an environment that motivates students to learn. All the information will be compiled to become a document where teachers can find positive and engaging classroom environment information in one place.

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Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

Guzman 306

When new teachers begin their careers, they quickly learn that a good classroom environment, where students are happy to learn and are easily engaged, can be difficult to establish and maintain. Students need a classroom environment that motivates them to learn and grow throughout the year, where teachers and students can create a positive learning community. Unfortunately, new teachers cannot always find all the information they need in one place. Research is usually focused on specific parts of the classroom dynamic or certain skills teachers should learn, tending not to look at the classroom as a whole. Some schools also can provide a handful of programs and trainings for teachers that focus on positive behavior that can be integrated into the classroom, but sometimes these programs are not offered or do not work. The purpose of this study is to find and describe multiple ways that elementary school teachers can create a positive and engaging classroom environment. These ways will include strategies teachers can use to enhance the classroom climate as well as school-wide trainings that can be provided to faculty. Therefore, the research question asked is: How do K-5 teachers create positive and engaging learning environments? This study is important because new teachers may not have learned how to create a positive classroom environment that is effective and keeps students interested in learning throughout the year. In order to collect data, interviews with teachers ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade with varying amounts of teaching experience will be held during the spring. Questions about strategies to create a classroom environment that is positive and engaging will be asked and answers will be recorded. Also, a focus group of six teachers will convene and discuss positive classroom environments. The anticipated results are that teachers will describe a variety of different strategies they use to create an environment that motivates students to learn. All the information will be compiled to become a document where teachers can find positive and engaging classroom environment information in one place.