Thursday, September 26, 2013
Culture In Progress
In my classroom I am currently changing the classroom culture. When we were charged with examining what our classroom culture looks like I didn't necessarily like what I saw. I did not like being driven to the point of anger by my students behavior, so I made the decision not to get angry. I no longer elevate my voice and what I have discovered is that the students will reduce the volume of their voices to match mine. This has cause a tremendous shift in my attitude, in the students attitude, and thus the overall culture of my classroom has changed. This began a conversation with another teacher about how classroom culture is something that is created and if the teacher is not intentional about their culture the students will create the culture based off of previous experiences because that is their default setting. There are many aspects of my culture that are in the changing process, and I am excited about how these changes will impact student learning as the year progresses.