The learning environment is not a classroom learning variable. In the Texas classroom, teaching is most effective when the physical, virtual, and cultural spaces of the classroom are conducive to both personal and social learning needs of the students.
Teachers create a mutually respectful, collaborative, and safe community of learners by using knowledge of students’ development and backgrounds.
- Teachers embrace students’ backgrounds and experiences as an asset in their learning environment.
- Teachers maintain and facilitate respectful, supportive, positive, and productive interactions with and among students.
- Teachers establish and sustain learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and respond to students’ needs, strengths, and personal experiences.
Teachers organize their classrooms in a safe and accessible manner that maximizes learning.
- Teachers arrange the physical environment to maximize student learning and to ensure that all students have access to resources.
- Teachers create a physical classroom set-up that is flexible and accommodates the different learning needs of students.
Teachers establish, implement, and communicate consistent routines for effective classroom management, including clear expectations for student behavior.
- Teachers implement behavior management systems to maintain an environment where all students can learn effectively.
- Teachers maintain a strong culture of individual and group accountability for class expectations.
- Teachers cultivate student ownership in developing classroom culture and norms.
Teachers lead and maintain classrooms where students are actively engaged in learning, as indicated by their level of motivation and on-task behavior.
- Teachers maintain a culture that is based on high expectations for student performance and encourages students to be self-motivated, taking responsibility for their own learning.
- Teachers maximize instructional time, including managing transitions.
- Teachers manage and facilitate groupings in order to maximize student collaboration, participation, and achievement.
- Teachers communicate regularly, clearly, and appropriately with parents and families about student progress, providing detailed and constructive feedback, and partnering with families in furthering their students’ achievement goals.