What is it?
In classrooms with strong positive climate, teachers and children are enthusiastic about learning and respectful of one another. Teachers and children develop warm, supportive relationships with each other and clearly enjoy being together and spending time in the classroom. Their interactions provide children with a secure base for learning and exploration of academic and social skills.
Why is it important?
Children are more motivated to learn when they feel happy, relaxed, and connected to others.They get more out of lessons when they are excited about participating. When the classroom climate is positive, children have a secure base for learning. Teachers and children enjoy being with each other and are able to get the most out of their time together.
Click the links below to access multiple resources specifically related to the Positive Climate dimension made available from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) and other sources.
- Creating a Caring Community
- Engaging Children in Conversation
- Fostering Connections
- Thick and Thin Conversations