Supportive Learning Environment

A supportive learning environment is a safe, nurturing environment, with high challenge and low threat, where all learners can thrive.

Effective teachers understand that the learning environment they create in their classrooms may be the single most important make-or-break element in helping students become the best they can be. This is a matter of the heart. Tomlinson, C.A, (2003). Fulfilling the promise of the differentiated classroom: Strategies and tools for responsive teaching. Alexandria, VA: ASCD

Helpful Links

Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
Classroom Climate Checklist
Dare to DI - Supportive Learning Environment (Many of the links, especially the ones at the top of the page, have become inactive.)
Supportive Learning Environment
Steps to a Positive Classroom


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DI Central
Anchor Activities
Informational PPT
FCRR - Center Resources
Anchor Activites Planning Sheets

Physical Environment
Scholastic Article
Organizational and Social/Emotional Environment
Classroom Arrangement
Arranging the Physical Environment

Building Community
What should every teacher know about you?
Taking Risks
Happy classroom
Creating a community
DI Central

Dare to DI - Choice
Overview of Glasser's Choice Theory

Ken Robinson
Chemistry Song
Classroom Celebrations
Laughter and Celebrating Learning
Whole Groups Celebrate Learning