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Climate: Supportiveness, Inclusiveness, and the Recognition of Cultural Assets

Classroom climate refers to the prevailing mood, attitudes, standards, and tone that the instructor and students feel. A healthy classroom climate makes everyone feel welcoming, safe, supported and included. It will make teaching and learning more enjoyable and effective.

Associated Principles Observable Behavior
C1: Knows students as individuals C1.1: Uses students’ names

C1.2: Talks with students informally before or after class

C1.3: Shows knowledge of students’ interests beyond the class

C2: Encourages questions C2.1: Promotes a classroom environment where questions are valued

C2.2: Expresses curiosity about student thought process

C2.3: Emphasizes to students that making mistakes is a normal and healthy part of the learning process

C3: Expresses belief in students’ capacity and potential C3.1: Encourages students to continue to try when stuck

C3.2: Affirms to students that they are capable to do the work

C3.3: Projects a successful future for students (career, graduation)

C3.4: Promotes a growth mindset in students

C4: Creates an inclusive environment C4.1: Presents divergent viewpoints where appropriate

C4.2: Values all students and their contributions

C4.3: Shows respect and sensitivity to diverse learners, including different ways of knowing

C4.4: Adequately addresses student concerns

C5: Recognizes cultural assets C5.1: Acknowledges students’ past experiences

C5.2: Values and celebrates different ways of problem solving

C5.3: Acknowledges and supports student resilience in the face of difficulties