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September 2008 | Volume 66 | Number 1
The Positive Classroom
Elizabeth Bondy and Dorene D. Ross
How can you create an engaging classroom? Convince students first that you care—and then that you'll never let up.
Consider this comment that a beginning teacher in an urban school recently made to us:
They are calling one another names and being really catty, and it wears me out. I mean, as soon as they walk in the door, someone is pushing … or calling someone a name. So it's 8:00 in the morning, and I am already flustered.
Many teachers in high-poverty schools struggle to establish a positive classroom environment. These teachers know a great deal about their students, feel affection for them, and empathize with their struggles. Unfortunately, the way these teachers act on their caring is often not comprehensive enough to make a difference. The teachers work hard to design interesting lessons, but if students are disengaged, the quality of the lessons will be irrelevant and misbehavior will reveal students' underlying resistance.
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