KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL TEACHING: CREATING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, PART 2

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In part 1 of this series, I began to identify ‘Keys to Successful Teaching’.

The first key: Create a positive learning environment.
The first step: Become a purposeful role-model.

In this article, I will outline the second step: Having High Expectations

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Having high expectations (both academic and behavioral) is key to setting your students up to succeed.

A teacher’s expectations, either high or low expectations, become a self-fulfilling  prophecy. Students perform in ways that teachers expect. (source

Academic Expectations

Research shows that having high expectations for academic achievement is very important. Even students with learning challenges need to be challenged and deserve a teacher that believes that they can and will succeed.  

Where do high expectations begin? They begin with you, the teacher. Have high expectations for yourself:

  • Be prepared and organized every day.
  • Take the time to know each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provide challenging, thought provoking lessons based on the level(s) of your students.
  • Be flexible in your teaching style.
  • Provide additional teaching when students require it.
  • Give fair and specific feedback consistently, more than just ‘good job.’
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward students and their abilities.

Once you have set the expectations for yourself. It is time to set them for your students. What will you expect from them? Do you expect them to come to class ready to learn? Do you expect them to be accountable? Will you accept excuses or half answers, or will you expect them to participate fully and up to a level that they will need to ‘work’ to learn?

Again, I’m going to emphasis that high expectations begin with you. You must be prepared to be consistent in the high level of support that you need and should give. It can be much easier to ‘let things slide’ but don’t let that happen. Your students can and will achieve great things when you are their cheerleader.

If you are up to the tasks listed above, you are ready to have high expectations for your students. Create them and then communicate them. How do you do this?

  • Post your expectations where they can be see daily. One suggestion in doing this is placing posters with inspirational quotes throughout the learning space. Here are a few examples:
    • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison
    • “If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” ~ Thomas Edison
    • “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” ~ Eddie Rickenbacker
  • Have students sign an ‘achievement contract’. If you have never seen a student achievement contract and are unsure how to compose one, I have a FREE download for you! (Get your copy at the end of this article.)
  • Keep a dialogue open with your students about your expectations. If you teach in a classroom or co-op, you can opt to dialogue through journaling back and forth with each student. If you are a homeschooling parent, set time aside specifically to talk about expectations.
  • Using expanded questioning techniques with students throughout the learning process will let students know that you believe in their academic abilities. Here are some examples:
    • ” Show me more.”
    • ” What do you plan to do next?”
    • ” That looks like it took a lot of effort. How did you figure that out?”
    • ” Tell me what you think the next step in the process should be. Why?”
  • Expect students to revise their work when you know they haven’t worked up to their ability. In doing this, make sure to provide additional assistance as needed so that they can achieve the objectives you have set for them.
Behavioral Expectations

I’m not going cover behavioral expectations in depth in this article. However, the same facts hold true here as well…

  • You must exemplify high behavioral standards for yourself in the classroom.
  • You must set specific behavioral expectations for students.
  • You must communicate clearly what is expected.

Doing these things WILL help you develop and maintain a positive learning environment for your students.

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Keys to Successful Teaching: Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Part 1

Becoming a successful teacher isn’t easy for everyone. Let’s face it, some people just seem to have been ‘born to teach‘ while others of us must work at it. Why is that? Why do some teachers seem to be better at educating their students while others struggle? 

What are the keys to successful teaching?

Successful teachers seem to possess certain characteristics that others do not.  So what are these characteristics?

I’ve done a great deal of research to find the answer to this question. After reviewing  my findings plus using my own 20+ years of personal experience (both in the public school classroom as well as years of being a homeschooling mom and mentor), I’ve compiled a list of what I call ‘Keys to Successful Teaching.”

KEY #1: A successful teacher will create a positive learning environment

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Every learning environment is different and made up of a variety of aspects and although you may not be in control of every little (or big) aspect, there are those you DO have control over. In this post, I will be writing about….

Purposeful Role-Modeling

The younger a student is, the more adaptable their thought processes and habits are in response to positive role models. A role model can be anyone that someone looks up to and wishes to be like – and that bond can develop at any age. ” (source)

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I role model enthusiasm and optimism?
    – How do I display enthusiasm for life in the classroom?
    – Which subject(s) am I most enthusiastic about when teaching? How do I demonstrate my enthusiasm about the subjects(s)?
    – Which subject(s) am I least enthusiastic about when teaching? How can I change this?
    – Do I display my enjoyment of teaching? If so, how?
  • Do I role model kindness and respect in the classroom?
    – How do I react when I’m frustrated with a student?
    – Do I listen to my students?
    – Do I use kind and encouraging words?
  • Do I try to ‘catch’ students in acts for which I can affirm in the moment?
    – Do I immediately affirm appropriate behavior, leadership, acts of kindness?
  • Do I role model a love of learning?
    – How do I show my students that I still love to learn?
    – Do they see me taking steps to increase my knowledge?
    – What can I do to ensure they see me wanting to learn new things?
  • Do I allow myself to be vulnerable in front of my students?
    – Have you ever shared a time that you failed at something or made a mistake and you were vulnerable enough to talk about it within the learning environment of the classroom? If so, did you also talk about the positive steps you took as a result?
  • Do I role model problem solving in front of my students?
    – Do you practice the process of ‘thinking-out-loud’ about a problem in the classroom? Analyzing a situation or problem, thinking about the pros and cons of different strategies to use, working through a chosen strategy to come to a resolution or answer?
  • Do I display a positive self-image?
    – Do I demonstrate self-confidence within the classroom? If so, how?
    – Do I have areas of my self-image that need improving ? What are they and how can I go about doing so?

Whether you teach in a classroom, in a co-op or are a homeschooling parent,  remember that YOU are an important role model in the life of each of your students. Purposeful role modeling is vital to creating a positive learning environment.

I have created a ‘Purposeful Role-Modeling’ Worksheet to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in this area. If you’d like a FREE COPY, please complete the below form…

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Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Part 2 “
, I will share why and how you should create and communicate high expectations.

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Free Human Anatomy Coloring Pages

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Get these coloring pages of the human body FREE @ 
This freebie includes a coloring page of the brain and another of the digestive system!
These are pages from a much larger resource (69 student coloring pages in all) that is available on both CHSH-Teach and TPT.
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St. Patrick’s Day Riddle Coloring Pages

“What do you get when you cross poison ivy with clover? A rash of good luck!”

Kid’s LOVE riddles and that’s why I’ve created St Patrick’s Day Riddle Coloring Pages!

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This title offers 8 coloring pages, each with a cute St. Patrick’s Day themed riddle.

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March Math Skills Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades

Is it important to review Math Skills throughout the year? Yes! When we learn new information, we remember it best immediately after we’ve learned it. It is easy to forget skills, even just a few days or weeks after we’ve learned them. That is why it is important that we make time to have students review previously learned skills.

There are a lot of Math skills being taught in the 2nd and 3rd grades and these skills need to be repeatedly reinforced throughout the year.

For teachers looking to add some holiday flair to the review of Math skills in the month of March, I’ve created March Math Skills Review for 2nd & 3rd Grades with a St. Patrick’s Day theme!

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This resource includes 77 student pages and covers the following skills:

  • 2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
  • 2 digit addition word problems
  • 2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
  • Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
  • Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
  • 3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
  • Even/Odd identification
  • Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
  • Critical Thinking skill worksheets
  • Order of Operations
  • Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
  • Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
  • Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
  • Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
  • Counting coins
  • Fractions: identifying, comparing and naming
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Multiplication: Writing equations
  • Multiplication: 1-12
    Multiplication word problems
  • Division word problems
  • Measurement: Reading a ruler
  • Geometry: Shape identification (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, pentagon, rectangular prism
  • Geometry: Vertices, faces, sides, edges
  • Geometry: Finding the perimeter

This is a NO PREP resource with means you do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink. These are simply PRINT & GO pages.

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March Math with a Shamrock Theme Early Elementary

I’ve designed Shamrock Math so that it can be used with various ages and skill levels! It is also GREAT for visual learners as well as your kinesthetic learners who love hands-on manipulatives!

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Included in Shamrock Math – Counters, Mats and Worksheets:
– Clover ‘shamrock’ counters for numbers 1-100 and additional blank cards
– 60 individual clover ‘shamrock’ counters
– Group of tens clover ‘shamrock’ counters (2 styles)
– Base ten blocks (green): hundreds, tens and ones
– 8 Math mats
– 16 Worksheets (varied skill levels)

Math Mats are designed for number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place values (tens/ones and hundreds/tens/ones)

Math Skills: single digit addition, single digit subtraction, addition fact families, double digit addition, counting using block ten markers, place value, multiplication fact families, word problems, division.

Please Note: The counters and mats will take prep time. Counters are best prepared by printing, laminating and cutting apart (to use year after year). Mats should be printed and laminated as well.

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Positive Growth Mindset Resources – Teaching Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Teaching students to have a positive ‘growth’ mindset can be invaluable. Why? Students with a positive mindset believe they can develop abilities through hard work. Basically, that they are only limited by what they believe about themselves and the effort(s) that the apply to learn new things.

Students with a positive growth mindset are more resilient in the face of failure, more engaged in their own learning, and more apt to work hard to overcome a challenge.

With this in mind, I’ve created a set of resources that can be used for Kindergarten – 5th grade that will help you teach your students to have a positive growth mindset!

Product #1: 36 Positive Growth Mindset Poster Set

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This product and ALL THE RESOURCES in this series are centered around 36 positive, growth mindset quotes:

1. I choose to be positive!
2. Attitude and Effort are more important than talent!
3. Attitude is my mind’s paintbrush. It can color any situation.
4. A Challenge lets me exercise my brain!
5. Never say, “I can’t.” Say, “I’ll try.”
6. Mistakes are only opportunities to learn.
7. Think Positive. Be Positive.
8. With practice, I can and will improve!
9. Listening to feedback, helps me grow!
10. Every day is a NEW ADVENTURE!
11. Success starts with a decision to try!
12. Be yourself! An original is always more valuable than a copy.
13. Every Masterpiece began with a blank page.
14. The harder I work, the smarter I get!
15. I CAN do hard things!
16. When I struggle, I grow!
17. I will work to find my strengths!
18. I will be KIND to MYSELF
19. I will choose to try!
20. I CAN take risks in learning!
21. I can ALWAYS learn more!
22. I don’t have to be perfect.
23. I am HAPPY when others do well!
24. My passions are important!
25. When I say, “I will.” – “I WILL!”
26. I will show myself love.
27. I will be patient with myself!
28. I will DREAM BIG!
29. I can persevere when frustrated!
30. I can ALWAYS improve!
31. I can be anything!
32. Failure is always part of learning.
33. I will not let failure be the end…but the beginning!
34. I will try things I don’t think I can do.
35. Attitude is just as important as ability!
36. All things are hard before they become easy.

Where you can get these posters…

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Product #2: 36 Positive Growth Mindset Coloring Book

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This product has a page for each of the above positive growth mindset quotes!

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Product #3: Positive Growth Mindset MiniBook

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This product contains a mini-book for students to create. On each page, they will be giving one of the positive growth mindset quotes. They will be asked a question and then asked to draw a related picture!

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The product is divided in to two sections to provide for different level abilities.

Where you can get the minibook…

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Product #4: Positive Growth Mindset Bookmarks

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This resource has two sets of bookmarks to make it easier for you to print according to your needs: a classroom set and an individual set. The classroom set has four identical bookmarks on each page.The individual set has 4 different bookmarks per page.

Where you can get these bookmarks…

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Product #5: Positive Growth Mindset Scrabooking / Notebooking pages

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In this product there are 36 pages and each include one of the above 36 quotes and accompanying questions designed to kick-in students’ critical thinking.

Where you can get these pages…

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Valentine’s Day themed Math Resources

Preparing for your February Math classes? Looking for ways to make Math lessons fun and Math review holiday themed? Here are several resources for Prek – 3rd grade!

PreK-Kindergarten

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Sweet Math -n- More

27 pages of Math for young learners! Use as thematic morning work during the month of February, use in a Math center or send home for extra, reinforcement and practice of skills.

Skills include: recognition of numbers and number words, counting, simple addition and subtraction, finding the missing number, comparing numbers (biggest / smallest), finding differences, creating similarity, color by number, tracing, coloring, cutting and matching.

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1st Grade

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Valentine Math for 1st Grade

17 pages of Valentine’s Day / Heart themed work covering the following skills:
– single digit addition (with and without carrying)
– double digit addition (with and without carrying / Sums to 20 / Sums to 30 / by 10s)
– even / odd recognition
– single digit subtraction
– double digit subtraction (with and without borrowing / numbers to 20 / numbers to 30)
– probability
– roman numerals
– patterns
– ordinal numbers
– in/out ‘function’ tables
– reading a pictograph

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2nd – 3rd Grades

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Graphing Activities

Students will love these hands-on, creative activities and at the same time, practice their graphing skills! Students will love creating ‘Heart Butterflies’, ‘Heart Animals’ and using Valentine Heart candies in these graphing activities!

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Multiplication Rummy – Valentine Themed Card Game

Multiplication Rummy Card Game – Great center game to help your students learn (and practice) their multiplication skills!

Game Pieces included in this download:
– 96 math cards
– 2 wild cards
– Cover for the back of each card

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Valentine Math Review

This NO PREP packet has a lot of FUN and engaging activities to keep kids learning and reviewing skills during the month of February…with a Valentine’s Day them! * 77 Student Pages *

You do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink! These activities are perfect for morning work, math centers, homework folders and more!

Includes:
2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
2 digit addition word problems
2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
Even/Odd identification
Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
Critical Thinking skill worksheets
Order of Operations
Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
Counting coins
Fractions: identifying, comparing and naming
Equivalent Fractions
Multiplication: Writing equations
Multiplication: 1-12
Multiplication word problems
Division word problems
Measurement: Reading a ruler
Geometry: Shape identification (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, pentagon, rectangular prism
Geometry: Vertices, faces, sides, edges
Geometry: Finding the perimeter

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U.S.Geography – Teaching the 4 Regions – Everything you need!

Planning a study on U.S. Geography with a concentration on the four regions? If so, check out these resources!

Here are 11 different resources designed to offer a comprehensive unit study. Major themes that run throughout include: Land and Water, Climate, Products and Natural Resources, Landmarks, Culture and Food.

 

This BUNDLE includes the following resources: 

  • Regions of the U.S. – West Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
  • Regions of the U.S. – South Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
  • Regions of the U.S. – Midwest Region – Informational Text and Worksheets
  • Regions of the U.S. – Northeast Region – Informational Text and Worksheets

The above Regions Units contain textbook style informational text and related student worksheets with answer keys.

  • Geography Nomenclature Cards – Regions of the United States
This Nomenclature download contains 20 cards to use throughout your study
  • West Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
  • Midwest Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
  • South Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
  • Northeast Region Scrapbooking Pages – United States Geography
Using the above Scrapbooking / Notebooking resources, students will draw (or paste) pictures and write a few short sentences about climate, landforms, water, natural resources, landmarks and culture. Students will also be asked to name the states of the region and give a personal opinion about a place they would most like to visit in the region. There are 5 scrapbooking pages for student use.

 

  • U.S. Geography – Reading Comprehension Passages – Regions of the United States
  • U.S. Geography – Map Work (Four Regions)

 

 

Because the United States can be divided up into different regions, I’ve designed this resource to follow the regions as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here are how the states are divided:
  • Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Midwest: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
  • South: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
  • West: Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico

How to get these resources….

If you are a CHSH-Teach Download Club subscriber, you may download each of the above instantly on the U.S. Geography Page  
Not a Download Club subscriber, you may purchase each of these resources individually in the CHSH-Teach Store under the category: U.S. Geography
Also, you may purchase the complete BUNDLE on TPT HERE.

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