Trying to manage – let alone teach – a classroom full of students is challenging enough without all of the further considerations, new tech tools and standards of the COVID-19 era. It can be tempting to become more directive and authoritarian to try to maintain order, but creating a more positive environment will encourage more engagement than imposing a more rigid structure.

Research has shown that control over students is not an effective model. Instead, creating a positive culture in the classroom that is based on respect and that honors students’ autonomy has proven to lead to improved student learning.


Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and chapters 10-15 in High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight, our upcoming workshop, Coaching for Positive Classrooms, focuses on increasing behavioral engagement, including strategies coaches can use to help teachers create positive learning communities in the classroom.


Course Outline

Six strategies for creating positive learning communities in the classroom:

  • Creating a learner-friendly culture
  • Choosing power with, not power over
  • Exercising freedom within form
  • Identifying and teaching expectations
  • Reinforcing expectations
  • Correcting fluently



Participants will:

  • Learn how to gather data that can be used to:
    • Get a clear picture of reality
    • Set goals
    • Monitor progress toward goals
  • Learn and practice the six strategies for creating a positive learning community



This 5-hour workshop takes place on Friday, April 23rd. Register teams now for Coaching for Positive Classrooms.



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