The Culture Focused Teaching Method: Strengthening Classroom Learning Environments
9:45am - 11:00am - Session I
Building an effective learning environment requires teachers to juggle an overwhelming amount of logistics and processes as well as student behaviors and emotions. There is a lack of focus and inconsistent training on building a strong classroom culture, even when this foundational skill set is often directly correlated with teacher job satisfaction. This session will clearly define effective classroom culture and offer key strategies to support effective learning environments – all of which call on individual educators to self-reflect on their personalities, biases, and fears, in an effort to better understand and connect with the students in their classrooms. Through role-playing, group juggling, journal reflection, discussion, and creation, participants will explore how to identify facets of their learning environments that can be strengthened to better position all students for success. Participants will leave with the Culture Focused Teaching System, including practical applications and examples of key strategies.