When you create a positive classroom atmosphere, students learn better. Every student must feel safe and important in the class in order for maximum learning to take place. A positive classroom environment does not just happen; the teacher creates it.

Create a Positive Physical and Emotional Atmosphere

Lead your students by example. Changes begin with the teacher's positive caring attitude and thoughtful construction of the physical environment.

Begin each class greeting students with a smile and a personal welcome. Help each child feel important and set a positive tone to the class.

Organize your classroom neatly and methodically to control confusion and stress. You and the students need to know where to find books and materials at all times.

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Plan lessons that allow students to actively participate in the learning process, and arrange the desks to meet the needs of the students and lessons.

Teach children to set measurable academic and behavior goals. Acknowledge the completion of the goals with stickers, treats, public announcements and certificates.

Search for students' strengths and build on them. Put activities in your lesson plans that allow every child to feel a measure of success.

Create a Positive Classroom Discipline System

Allow students to help set classroom rules to give them ownership in the discipline process. Post the rules and consequences in the room.

Stick to the rules and fairly and consistently execute the consequences.

Use negative consequences infrequently by reinforcing positive behaviors with a reward system.

Integrate correct behavior and accountability instruction into your lesson plan. Hold each student accountable for her actions and don't allow the blame game.

Discipline students privately. This demonstrates respect and protects the student from public humiliation.

Praise the children frequently and find something positive to say about each student.