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Three strategies to create instant classroom culture

What is classroom culture? Why does it matter? Primary teacher and school leader, Robbie Burns, looks at the five elements of classroom culture and offers us three ways in which we can cultivate it instantly

Why behaviour management is insufficient

What does it feel like for students to be part of our classrooms? I mean really be themselves, in a place where learning is the most important thing, not compliance; a place where the rules and expectations you set make sense all the way down.

The idea of classroom culture tries to address issues such as these. The term suggests an interwoven fabric of ideas, behaviours, norms and structures that do not always make sense or connect in a logical sequence. When we educate and every year our students leave us for pastures new, they take with them part of the culture we give them. We give it to them through our lessons, through our subjects, through our assemblies and through the relationships they have with us.

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