Setting the tone or culture in the classroom is something we all do, whether we realize it or not. Everything we do to set up our classroom before the students ever walk in the door impacts the culture. As a teacher, our behavior and attitude while on this campus leads to the level of comfort students will feel when sitting in our room.
In an attempt to establish a positive classroom culture, I start by greeting all my students at the door and having their materials out for them to pick up. I call students by name and ask relatively shallow questions about things that are relevant to their world. When the bell rings, I immediately step into the room and begin class. I try to give everyone an opportunity to speak during class and make sure each student knows it is unacceptable to talk or laugh when another student is speaking.
These are just a few things I do everyday to establish a positive classroom culture! What do you do?