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We like to get out from behind our desks, move around and have some fun — while learning. Moving and having fun helps to create a positive classroom culture. And I feel that a positive classroom culture is fundamental to learning.
Researchers from the Institute of Medicine found,
“children who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.”
School climate is associated with safety, healthy relationships, engaged learning and teaching and school improvement efforts. School climate has been shown to affect middle school students’ self-esteem, mitigate the negative effects of self-criticism, and affect a wide range of emotional and mental health outcomes.
Building a positive classroom environment isn’t just about what happens inside our classroom. Parents play a big role in reinforcing learning at home, encouraging creativity, exploration, and action outside of the classroom.