Creating a Positive and Nurturing Classroom Environment

Posted by Teresa M. on Jan 7, 2015 10:11:36 AM

When students have a positive and nurturing learning environment, student achievement is increased. This may be due to the fact that students who feel safe are able to learn from their mistakes or they don't want to disappoint their teacher or peers. Here are some suggestions to help you establish a positive and nurturing classroom with these resources.


1.Give Praise and Encourage Others to do the Same­

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.16.15 PMOne Smile

by Cindy McKinley (author), Mary Gregg Byrne (illustrator) ISBN: 9780935699234
Review from publisher "Even the smallest acts of kindness can impact the lives of others. This truth is beautifully demonstrated as we follow the far-reaching effects of a little girl’s compassionate smile, as it touches an entire community."

2.Be Sincere

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.22.50 PMHenry the Impatient Heron

by Pam Kapchinske (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator) © 2009 ISBN: 9781607180555
Review from publisher "Sing along to this light-hearted romp while learning about different food chains within a single ecosystem. Which animals come out on top, and which animals end up as snacks? Hey Diddle Diddle teaches children about the food web, the circle of life, and the part that each living creature plays within an ecosystem. This book is so much fun, kids will have a hard time believing they’re actually learning. You’ll be singing Hey Diddle Diddle long after you close the book."

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.24.03 PMA Sack Full of Feathers

by Debby Waldman (author), Cindy Revell (illustrator) © 2007 ISBN: 9781551438634
Review from publisher "Gossip spreads like feathers in the wind. Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else’s. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own."

3.Encourage exploration

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.27.37 PMTravels with Charlie: Way Out West

by Miles Backer (author), Chuck Nitzberg (illustrator) © 2013 ISBN: 9781609053543
Review from publisher "This three-book series invites kids to take trips with Charlie the traveling pup, who goes to hundreds of places in the American South, West, and Northeast. For each featured state there are rhyming clues to help find Charlie, and all sorts of interesting,historical, and offbeat attractions and locations." Your students will enjoy this look and find series!

4.Discover their interest and talents

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.19.02 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 1.19.11 PMThe Doll Lady

by H. Elizabeth Collins (author), Judy Kuusisto (illustrator)

ISBN: 9780935699241 AR:

Review from publisher "A woman creates extraordinary dolls of every size, color, and expression. When giving them to children, she explains that “dolls are just like people. They need to be loved, held tenderly, and always respected for their uniqueness.”

These four tips will help you to foster learning in your classroom. Students will feel safe and learn from mistakes when there is a nurturing environment.

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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