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Poster Presentations - Guzman Lecture Hall

Presentation or Panel Title

Creating a Positive Emotional Climate in an Elementary School Classroom

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #7

Start Date

4-24-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

4-24-2015 11:30 AM

Department

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor

Madalienne Peters, EdD.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

All teachers create an environment in their classrooms that sets an emotional tone for the learning environment for students (Swafford, Bailey & Beasley, 2014). Teachers may find it hard to choose the right classroom management strategies to create a positive classroom climate for their students. As a result, teachers have expressed an interest in this topic for over 40 years. When teachers create a positive relationship with students in their class there are changes in the student behavior that contributes “to their social skills, promote academic performance, and foster students’ resiliency in academic performance” (American Psychological Association, 2015, para. 4).

Students who experience a positive classroom climate will demonstrate these effects during the school year. Students gain the ability to feel comfortable and have a positive outlook on learning. Students who feel as if they are a part of a positive classroom community will become involved and engaged in the various activities. Promoting positive attitudes and a positive environment begins with the teacher and his or her ability to model positivity in order for students to do the same. Baer and Bandura (1963) identified Social Learning Theory, where people learn behaviors through the observation of other people with forms of imitation and modeling such behavior. If teachers are modeling behavior that sets the tone for a positive climate within their classroom, students will respond to this positivity and react to it in a similar manner, based on the Bandura's Social Learning Theory. This supports a learning environment where everyone feels safe. Some teachers have successfully chosen strategies in their classroom that have created a positive climate in the classroom for students. Some teachers though, may find it hard to choose appropriate classroom management strategies to create a positive classroom climate.

The purpose of this study is to identify effective strategies to promote a successful learning environment and a positive climate for learning.

American Psychological Association. (2015). Improving students' relationships with teachers to provide essential supports for learning. Retrieved from

http://www.apa.org/education/k12/relationships.aspx

Baer, P. E., & Bandura, A. (1963). Social reinforcement and behavior change—Symposium, 1962: 1. behavior theory and identificatory learning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 33(4), 591-601. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1963.tb01007.x

Swafford, M., Bailey, S. & Beasley, K. (2014). Positive learning environments enhance student achievement. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 89(5), 32-35.

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Creating a Positive Emotional Climate in an Elementary School Classroom

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #7

All teachers create an environment in their classrooms that sets an emotional tone for the learning environment for students (Swafford, Bailey & Beasley, 2014). Teachers may find it hard to choose the right classroom management strategies to create a positive classroom climate for their students. As a result, teachers have expressed an interest in this topic for over 40 years. When teachers create a positive relationship with students in their class there are changes in the student behavior that contributes “to their social skills, promote academic performance, and foster students’ resiliency in academic performance” (American Psychological Association, 2015, para. 4).

Students who experience a positive classroom climate will demonstrate these effects during the school year. Students gain the ability to feel comfortable and have a positive outlook on learning. Students who feel as if they are a part of a positive classroom community will become involved and engaged in the various activities. Promoting positive attitudes and a positive environment begins with the teacher and his or her ability to model positivity in order for students to do the same. Baer and Bandura (1963) identified Social Learning Theory, where people learn behaviors through the observation of other people with forms of imitation and modeling such behavior. If teachers are modeling behavior that sets the tone for a positive climate within their classroom, students will respond to this positivity and react to it in a similar manner, based on the Bandura's Social Learning Theory. This supports a learning environment where everyone feels safe. Some teachers have successfully chosen strategies in their classroom that have created a positive climate in the classroom for students. Some teachers though, may find it hard to choose appropriate classroom management strategies to create a positive classroom climate.

The purpose of this study is to identify effective strategies to promote a successful learning environment and a positive climate for learning.

American Psychological Association. (2015). Improving students' relationships with teachers to provide essential supports for learning. Retrieved from

http://www.apa.org/education/k12/relationships.aspx

Baer, P. E., & Bandura, A. (1963). Social reinforcement and behavior change—Symposium, 1962: 1. behavior theory and identificatory learning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 33(4), 591-601. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1963.tb01007.x

Swafford, M., Bailey, S. & Beasley, K. (2014). Positive learning environments enhance student achievement. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 89(5), 32-35.