DEAR MISS MATTERS:
I observed a classroom where there was no respect at all. Can I give this classroom a higher score in Negative Climate?
Most assuredly, Negative Climate (NC) is not the absence of Positive Climate (PC). Having no respect would result in a lower score in PC, not a higher score in NC. With regard to respect, Negative Climate would only score above a 1 in the presence of disrespect. Disrespectful behaviors might include seeing a teacher give a sarcastic response to a question or seeing children teasing or humiliating another child. I hope that will help you better understand Negative Climate.
Calvary City Academy & Preschool closed on March 13, along with most programs in Florida. While closed, we had much to prepare for reopening. While children were home, we prepared packets to send home, met with children virtually, and even hosted things like field day, spirit week, and graduation virtually! Even with those successes, we were so happy to be able to return to being in-person when we reopened in June. Since June, we’ve learned a lot. Here’s what’s working for us:
Across the country and around the globe, schools/programs will soon reopen after extended closures due to COVID-19. Those that have remained open are instituting new health and safety practices.. Localities will determine whether to provide in-person, online, or hybrid teaching. Regardless of the model that schools/programs adopt, classrooms will look different now and for the foreseeable future.
Across the nation, teachers learning about CLASS are asked to narrate their actions and sportscast their children’s experiences in order to support and encourage healthy language development. Hearing this, many teachers may wonder, “Will people think I’m crazy if I start talking to myself in the classroom?”
The answer is no. Self- and parallel talk are beneficial strategies for teachers to engage in because they strengthen language rich environments and enhance vocabulary development, all while supporting effective relationship building between teachers and children.