3. A CULTURE AND AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING

       Teachers maintain and manage a culture and climate for learning

  1. The teacher organizes the physical space
    • maintains an inviting and organized classroom
    • assesses and changes the learning environment as necessary
    • showcases work representing all students
    • promotes community ownership and respect for space and materials
    • organizes materials and media and makes them available for student use
    • ensures that all students have access to all facets of the learning environment
  2. The teacher creates an environment of respect
    • creates a respectful environment with a sense of community
    • upholds the dignity of all students
    • sets appropriate norms for social interaction among students and between students and teachers
    • respects each student’s culture, language, and experiences
    • reacts calmly, objectively, and professionally in all situations
    • demonstrates an awareness of each student’s emotional needs
    • values students’ written and oral contributions
    • models expected behaviors
  3. The teacher establishes a culture for learning
    • demonstrates enthusiasm for learning
    • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in interactions with students
    • promotes students’ self-control and student responsibility for learning
    • demonstrates a respect for all disciplines
    • models intellectual curiosity
  4. The teacher manages classroom procedures
    • minimizes distractions and interruptions
    • identifies hazards, assesses risks, and takes appropriate action
    • arranges routine activities and instructional transitions so they occur with little loss of instructional time
    • demonstrates resourcefulness in creating learning opportunities      
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