Creating the Climate for Safe, Effective Schools

Quinones, Nathan
December 1985
Education Digest;Dec1985, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p34
This article focuses on the creation of safe and effective climate in American schools. Classroom environments determine to a great extent how students will act. The majority of disruptive students do not misbehave in all their classes--leading one to conclude that specific teacher practices and policies influence school behavior. School climate refers to the quality of life and human interaction in a school. Teachers and administrators need to develop strategies that take into account the social and cultural backgrounds of their students and effectively address student needs. Often, misbehavior is an expression of frustration, anger, or self-blame by students who feel ignored in school. An effective school is a place where learning is considered exciting, where productive activity is valued, where curiosity and creativity are evident everywhere. Teachers and administrators as well as security personnel need training in how to identify and address a range of problems--educational, social, emotional, familial--before they become critical.


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