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How can we create math classes where students thrive? What would that classroom look and feel like? To be successful in a math class, students need to feel that they are significant and that they belong. Teachers have the power to set a culture that fosters this. Classroom culture has a strong influence on student attendance, retention, motivation, learning, and ownership of learning. When students feel like they belong in the math classroom, they will have positive math learning experiences.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE teachers and administration at all levels of math ability and comfort

In this course, we will examine the elements of building a classroom culture in which students feel safe to challenge themselves and make progress as lifelong, independent learners. We’ll reflect on our own experiences as learners and as teachers. After reflection, participants will support each other by brainstorming strategies for our particular classroom culture challenges.

This offering has two 90-minute, online sessions (via Zoom) and one 90-minute, self-paced online module.

Please note: About one week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from from the SABES Math Team at TERC with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify what you want for your classroom culture
  • Identify and take concrete steps to build the culture you want
  • Describe a frame for thinking about classroom culture and helping students grow as independent learners
  • Refine your goals and challenges through reflection on your own experience as a learner
  • Identify strategies and next steps for your classroom
  • Make an accountability plan
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/26/2023 - 3:00 pm to 04/26/2023 - 4:30 pm
05/03/2023 - 3:00 pm to 05/03/2023 - 4:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy