Psychosocial Dimension: focuses on setting the appropriate environment for students – their social, family and academic background, their motivation,emotions and how they feel about their education-, teachers – their expectations, their awareness of what happens in the classroom, their multi-tasking and communication skills, peers -cooperative learning strategies-; and family-related factors – family’s attitude towards education, family support and involvement, and pressure placed on the child-. Positive relationships should be fostered.Recommendations:
- Convey enthusiasm about learning and school experiences
- Support individual differences
- Treat all students with fairness
- Develop challenges for all students to maintain their interest in learning through successful experiences.
- Instill in students that they are responsible for their own behavior.
- Establish that each student has rights andeveryone is expected to respect them.
Procedural Dimension: focuses on rules, guidelines and procedures for classroom operation.
- Define situations that will require procedures
- Involve students in the development of rules and procedures as much as possible
- Introduce , model and practice procedures the first week of school (one by one)
- Incorporateschool regulations into classroom procedures (school-wide policies are a tremendous help as students are aware of them from one year to another. This involves school-wide collaboration and enforcement).
Physical Dimension: focuses on accommodations of the physical space for group and individual needs -classroom layout-.
- Differentiate classroom areas by type of activity- Establish which areas should be avoided by students
- Teachers should be seen by students at all times and vice versa
- Allow for more flexibility as the year progresses
- Ensure easy mobility around the classroom for everyone
- Allow for student’s participation in bulletin boards decoration. They may also be used for games, behavior management displays… not merely fordecoration
- Keep harmful equipment and materials out of reach
- Label areas and places for storage
- Make visual impaired students aware of changes in the classroom
- Accessibility should be ensured for students that require mobility assistance
Behavioral Dimension: focuses on keeping desired behaviors and dealing with inappropriate ones. Areas that should be emphasized,...