ERIC Number: EJ857683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Building a Culture of Achievement
Major, Marc R.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n8 p24-28 Apr 2009
Culture is the social and intergenerational glue that defines, connects, sustains, and enriches the members of successful communities--including schools and classrooms. A classroom culture is a psychological atmosphere that nurtures and shapes students' attitudes about their own identity, classes, school, and learning in general. Classroom culture helps shape students' collective personality and spirit. It sustains particular habits of thinking and working, and undermines others. This article presents some ideas to help teachers build a culture that transmits healthy values, habits, and behavior to students, and helps them to excel. The author begins by stating that the greatest gift a teacher can give students, particularly underperforming students, is a positive attitude--a sense that things can go right for them, and a belief in their own ability to succeed. The author offers five steps to foster greater success and happiness in the classroom and presents some approaches to consider when faced with students who can perform the work but is just being lazy or obstinate.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Student Motivation, Peer Influence
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