Research on a positive learning climate has indicated that specific strategic elements can improve academic success.

These elements include:
● Relationships
(i.e. teacher’s individual support, levels of friendship between students). ● Systems maintenance and change
(i.e. quality of improvement, clarity of instructions, teacher control). ● Goal-orientation (i.e. task-orientation/competition).

This course will discuss a variety of topics that cater to creating a Positive Learning Climate (PLC). Additionally, it will examine the foundations of PLC as the language teachers use in day-to-day interactions with students. This language is the driving force underlying students’ academic success.


Students will be able to:
● identify the elements of “effective teacher behavior” ● identify & create a positive verbal/nonverbal environment
● identify their own emotional intelligence elements
● obtain an increased awareness of their teaching expectations, internal beliefs, and how these may affect their teaching
● structure a positive self-talk that will better cater to the student’s self-talk
● understand how students perceive a “positive learning climate”
● understand how elements of nonverbal communication affect their students
● identify alternative strategies for discipline in their classroom

This course is offered for 3 Graduate or In-Service credits.