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ERIC Number: ED318034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Creating a Classroom Atmosphere.
Sprunk, William A., Jr.
Plain talk is the cornerstone for creating a classroom atmosphere in which students want to learn to improve their writing. As much as possible, the jargon and technical terminology of the profession of English should be eliminated. Teachers will know what level of language to use if they determine the nature of their audience. Teachers have to meet the needs of students from various backgrounds, economic levels, and age groups. One method which can help teachers learn about their audiences is a short-answer questionnaire which contains 18 questions. The answers are often revealing and help the educator know how to approach the class and individual students. Another method is an oral self-introduction in which students come to the podium to introduce themselves. Building group cohesiveness is important to classroom atmosphere. Another way to bond a class is to make them feel superior as individuals and as a group. This can be done through group projects and the editing of "barbarisms." Plain talk, determining the nature of the audience, and building cohesion among students, combined with the teacher's enthusiasm, can develop an atmosphere in which students want to learn to write. (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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