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Creating the Supportive Learning Environment. Words to think on…. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –St. Francis of Assisi " Stay committed to your decisions; but stay flexible in your approach." –Tony Robbins.

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Creating the supportive learning environment

Creating the Supportive Learning Environment

Words to think on
Words to think on…

  • “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –St. Francis of Assisi

  • "Stay committed to your decisions; but stay flexible in your approach." –Tony Robbins

Where to start
Where to start…

  • Promote a safe learning environment

  • Promote learning and embrace different learning abilities, and learning styles.

  • The classroom should be inviting to all students

  • The environment both physically and emotionally should reflect your teaching philosophy.

What to think about when creating the physical environment
What to Think about when creating the Physical Environment

  • What space do I have available?

  • What type of desks and or seats are available in my classroom?

  • How will I accommodate for high traffic areas?

  • How will I accommodate for students with special needs?

  • Will the setup/arrangement of seating work and be comfortable for the group of students I have this year?

The physical environment
The Physical Environment

  • Think back to your middle school years, what did the physical environment look like in your classrooms?

  • Did the physical environment change from classroom to classroom or was it uniform?

Physical space horseshoe
Physical Space Horseshoe

Physical space with clusters pods
Physical Space with Clusters/Pods

What does the rest of the classroom look like
What does the rest of the classroom look like?

  • Rules (top 5) of the classroom should be hung up and presented in some way in the classroom.

  • Both decorative/appealing and educational posters should be hung on the wall

  • A classroom/daily schedule should be in a place that students can easily see from their desks

  • A poster or representation that signifies where homework folders are located or where homework should be handed in.

  • Important classroom reminders should be displayed (sometimes directly associated with the subject you are teaching)

  • Turn to page 65

Ambiance of the classroom
Ambiance of the Classroom

  • Make respect of each individual student a top priority

  • Ensure that every student in the classroom can see and hear

  • Take pride in your classroom!

Building parent relationships
Building Parent Relationships

  • “The parents of your students are an invaluable resource. Utilize and appreciate them at every opportunity, and you will gain the most important ally you will ever have as a teacher!”

  • Jerry L. Parks

  • Why is building positive relationships with the parents of your students an important part of creating a supportive learning environment for adolescent students?

  • Turn to page 70, 76, and then 84 in our Parks book

Student teacher relationships
Student/Teacher Relationships

  • Don’t’ over step boundaries, but be there and be approachable for students.

  • Address the multiple intelligences in your classroom!

  • Get to know your students interest and hobbies outside of the classroom

  • Engage your students

  • Respect your students as the young adults they are becoming

  • Be Aware!

  • Turn to page 90

Something to remember
Something to Remember…

  • "They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." –Carol Buchner


  • Kellough, D. K. and Kellough, N. G. (2007). Middle School Teaching: A Guide to Methods and Resources. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall (5th Edition).

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  • Parks, Jerry, L. 2004. Teacher Under Construction: Things I Wish I’d Known (a survival handbook for new middle school teachers). IUNIVERSE.