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How to Establish a Positive Classroom Environment in Middle School

Fostering a favorable classroom environment and a positive relationship with my students is the most important task I assign myself every year. The recipe for a classroom culture that promotes learning requires only a dash of time and energy. It does require a hefty dose of mindfulness.
My first year teaching middle school was challenging. In my infinite new teacher wisdom, I decided that the best way to prevent another difficult year would be to start off by being tough and putting on my "meaner than a junk-yard dog" face.

Thankfully, I came to my senses. Because I know better. We ALL know better. Kids are not going to learn if they don't feel safe, if they don't feel respected, and if they don't like the teacher.

Fostering a favorable classroom environment and a positive relationship with my students is the most important task I assign myself every year. The recipe for a classroom culture that promotes learning requires only a dash of time and energy. It does require a hefty dose of mindfulness.

Have Your...Best. Year. Ever!

Have your best year ever, with a chance to win one of five TpT gift cards!

Do you have "teacher dreams" every summer? Mine always involve a "new" classroom in the school's dungeon. I hope you're more creative, and your dream classroom is relocated to an island resort, where Curtis Stone is the personal chef in the faculty room.

I can't give you Curtis Stone, but I am going to take a little bit of sting out of those dreams by sharing a few awesome opportunities with you!

Going Digital with Exit Slips

Digital ELA resources from DigELA are fun, organized, and easy to use!
It is likely that our new principal rued the day last September that he told us we would soon be getting a few carts of Chromebooks. 

Okay, so he most likely rued the day he told ME we would be getting Chromebooks.

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