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Increase Achievement With An Academic Learning Environment

Students will more likely succeed when a positive learning environment is established. This factor is essential for keeping students in class and in building quality learning time. Sometimes as educators, we need to be reminded of practical tips, strategies, or routines that foster an appropriate school environment that places all students on the road to academic success.

• Communicate the importance of learning and of positive behavior
• Reduce anxiety or tension prior to escalation by interjecting humor
• Balance content instruction with multiple paths for learning
• Display a flexible attitude since interruptions and changes occur in every classroom
• Create a patient and supportive environment that helps students learn and build the skills they need
• Seek ways to gain trust, to build rapport, and to develop relationships with/between/ among students
• Share behavioral expectations so students know what to expect each day and display consistency in student discipline, following through with rules and consequences; exhibit fairness by treating students equitably no matter the gender or student group
• Set high, realistic learning expectations that communicate the belief that students can succeed; push students to move beyond the minimal requirements and hold all accountable for performing their best
• Focus on learning with rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences that align to standards
• Motivate students to maintain attention and focus on understanding rather than on obtaining grades
• Invite students to take active roles in assessment practices and to use formative assessment data and feedback for improvement efforts
• Engage students in real-life applications and opportunities to reason with, collaborate with, and critique peers
• Maximize academic learning time with conveyed academic expectations, differentiated and engaging instruction, frequent monitoring, and a safe environment

It is important that the culture of each classroom positively influence the daily academic lives of students. The suggested classroom management practices are shared to result in classrooms that are more conducive to learning and lead to higher levels of student motivation and achievement.

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