Performance Standard 7: Positive Learning Environment

  • The teacher consistently provides a well-managed, safe, and orderly environment that is conducive to learning and encourages respect for all.

    Sample Performance Indicators
    Examples may include, but are not limited to:


    The teacher:
    7.1 Responds to disruptions in a timely, appropriate manner.
    7.2 Establishes clear expectations for classroom rules, routines, and procedures and enforces them consistently and appropriately.
    7.3 Models caring, fairness, respect, and enthusiasm for learning.
    7.4 Promotes a climate of trust and teamwork within the classroom.
    7.5 Promotes respect for and understanding of students’ diversity, including – but not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.
    7.6 Actively listens and pays attention to students’ needs and responses.
    7.7 Creates a warm, attractive, inviting, and supportive classroom environment.
    7.8 Arranges the classroom materials and resources to facilitate group and individual activities.

    Contemporary effective teacher research has found that an effective teacher:

    • Cares about students as individuals and makes them feel valued. 23
    • Acknowledges his or her perspective and is open to hearing their students’ worldviews. 24
    • Is culturally competent.25
    • Seeks to know about the cultures and communities from which students come.26