What is it?
Negative climate refers to the level of expressed negativity such as anger, hostility or aggression shown by teachers and/or children. In classrooms with negative climate, teachers and children appear angry or irritated and make sarcastic or disrespectful comments. Teachers may yell or threaten to control children’s behavior. In classrooms with severe negative climate, teachers or children may hit or fight.
Why is it important?
Children learn better and develop positive social-emotional skills in environments free from aggression and threats to physical and emotional safety. Working to improve other dimensions of Emotional Support can help decrease negative climate.