By all measures, Safety is one of the most, if not THE most important dimension of school climate and culture. While there are many issues that are school-wide, the classroom is the place where safety – both physical and emotional – is required if learning is to occur. This article underscores the importance of the teacher’s role in providing that safe environment in troubling times.Source:
Julie Jee, Education Week, February 8, 2017
Categories: Classroom Practice, Core Values, School Culture/Climate, Student SafetyDescription:
Even in the best of times, educators put in a tremendous amount of effort to make students feel safe in their classrooms—greeting students at the door, joking around about a potential snow day, asking about a recent swim meet, offering a shoulder to cry on after a family tragedy. Over the past 15 years of teaching at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y., I’ve [Jee] gotten better at figuring out when a student felt out of sorts. I [Jee] offered cough drops, granola bars, a quiet talk in the hallway, and whatever else helped my students feel at home in my classroom.
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