Setting Up Your Classroom Ethos for the New School Year

  • #UKEdChat session 515.
  • Research shows that setting up a positive classroom ethos is vital.
  • How can you lay the groundwork for developing a positive classroom environment?
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#UKEdChat session 515 – Each year I set my classroom in the hope that I can mitigate problems and maximise success. Seating plans are made… then remade because little John and Jane had a falling out three years ago. Books are labelled, pencils are sharpened, tray labels are adhered , and the walls are adorned with temporary educational posters.

But what, if any of this, actually matters and make a sizeable difference? Research, such as the paper by David J. Shernoff, Erik A. Ruzek, Suparna Sinha suggest that the classroom environment is important for learning. However, setting up the right classroom ethos, work ethic and relationships is more advantageous than colour coordinated felt tip pens.

But how can we prepare the groundwork for the new school before the students arrive, and is it possible to reset your relationship with returning students to improve learning going forward?

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 30th July 2020 at 8pm (UK) we discussed what can be done before the students return, how the first few weeks can set the tone of learning for the following year, and what, if anything, can be done to develop a ‘classroom’ ethos when learning remotely.


  1. What does your usual start of year classroom preparation look like?
  2. How would you like to improve your classroom ethos this year?
  3. What steps are you planning to improve your classroom ethos this year?
  4. What is the relationship between the school ethos and an individual classroom ethos, and can/should they diverge?
  5. What doesn’t work when developing a positive classroom ethos and work ethic?
  6. Is it possible to develop a positive ‘classroom’ ethos when emote learning? What are the barriers to this?
  7. How might social distancing impact of the development of a positive classroom ethos?
  8. Would do you hope your students remember about your classroom and how it felt to be in your classroom environment?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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