As stated in Alberta Education’s Teacher Quality Standard document, teachers who hold a Permanent Professional Certificate must demonstrate that they can “create and maintain environments that are conducive to student learning” (Ministerial Order #016/97, 1997).
I believe that I demonstrate this through the following:
- From the beginning of the year I establish clear expectations by inviting students to create the “classroom rules”, thereby allowing them to take ownership.
- I teach and maintain daily classroom meetings, as a strategy to promote citizenship, collaboration and democracy in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to plan learning activities, raise concerns, share successes, discuss learning, communicate openly and get to know each other as a part of a safe learning community.
- I understand that students must have their basic needs met before they can be successful in their learning. Sometimes a student will walk into class hungry, tired, or needing to talk about something that is bothering them; I try to be receptive to their needs and do what I can to support them.
- I am culturally responsive with my programming/materials, teaching and decor.
- I build rapport with my students by taking an interest in them as individuals, volunteering for extracurricular activities and showing them that I genuinely care.
- I am able to create a safe and positive environment that is conducive to learning by maintaining strong and professionally appropriate relationships with my students.
- I incorporate opportunities for students to work on social skills and citizenship while developing their moral compass.
- I have spent a lot of time thinking about, reflecting on and developing my philosophy towards classroom management and positive learning environments.