ERIC Number: ED265663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-17
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Building a Positive School Climate.
Knight, James A.
In the attempt to improve achievement test scores, schools may overlook affective activities and events as well as processes and procedures that influence students in positive ways. The self-fulfilling prophecies held by teachers, administrators, and others for their students and the self-concepts the students hold for themselves are two major psychological notions that serve as a base for educational concerns. Using the mass of recent national reports on school improvement as its point of reference, this paper offers the following 10 strategies for improving the school climate: (1) make students feel important, (2) make students feel invited, (3) deal with needed changes in others from a positive point of view, (4) learn to make appropriate nonverbal cues, (5) get to know each student personally, (6) learn to empathize, (7) establish parameters, (8) use student-centered instruction, (9) learn to know and understand the difference between discipline and punishment, and (10) be enthusiastic about teaching. The references list eight citations. (MLF)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Utilization, Self Concept, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Workshops
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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