Creating a Safe Environment for Teaching

To decrease stress for students

  • Set clear classroom rules with predetermined consequences.
  • Keep students' sensitive information, such as grades and personal issues, confidential.
  • Speak respectfully to students, address them by name, get to know them as individuals, and make each person feel special.
  • Use rubrics for assignments so students know the exact expectations for earning specific grades.
  • Smile, have fun teaching, and show a sense of humor.

To increase stress for students

  • Delegate punishments according to your mood at the time.
  • Post grades or assignment scores in the classroom for motivation; embarrass them into achieving.
  • Point at students you wish to call on and always let them know who is boss by the tone of your voice.
  • Give pop quizzes to catch students who have not been studying.
  • Yell at the students to keep them in line and never, ever smile.

Creating a friendly environment:

  • Act respectfully toward students at all times.
  • Learn students' names by the end of the first day of school.
  • Personalize each student's desk or locker with a nametag.
  • Smile a lot!
  • Greet the students daily outside the classroom door.
  • Share appropriate, amusing anecdotes about yourself.
  • Remember personal information about each student and ask him or her about it.
  • Use your sense of humor.
  • Model the enjoyment of learning something new.
  • Each week, invite a few students to share their lunchtime with you.
  • Give each student a birthday card.
  • Make learning interesting, active, and enjoyable.


Teachers can take actions to make the school environment less stressful on students or more stressful.

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