Supporting a Student Centered Culture of Learning

Culture of Learning CORE Rubric Teaching Practices

Build Authentic Learning Partnerships

  • Develop awareness of your own cultural lens and its impact on relationships with students.
  • Show genuine interest and learn about students’ cultural, religious, family, intellectual, and personal experiences and resources, and share your own background and experiences, to best support student learning.
  • Give students opportunities and support them to develop their own identity, purpose, and value. 
  • Develop an active interest in students’ well-being and demonstrate that interest through engagement with students.
  • Instill a growth mindset in students, encouraging them to take risks, reflect, and make improvements.
  • Encourage growth through self-reflection and assessment.
  • Establish and reinforce class expectations for empathetic and respectful interactions.
  • Use trauma-informed practices to build relationships with students who have experienced trauma.
  • Communicate with parents or other caregivers to promote student growth.

Specify and Reinforce Productive Student Behavior 

  • Set and communicate developmentally appropriate expectations and goals.
  • Provide specific, observable, concrete, and sequential directions for behavior and academics. 
  • Follow up a direction by narrating the positive and use acknowledgment systems to increase the number of students meeting expectations.
  • Continuously scan, narrate, and use proximity to proactively reinforce on-task behavior and redirect off-task behaviors.
  • Use least-invasive redirects (non-verbal cues, positive group corrections, anonymous individual corrections, private affective statements, private prompts, and impromptu restorative chats) to respond to behavior.
  • Respond consistently and appropriately to challenging behavior by using least-invasive redirects, presenting choices, and then issuing logical consequences (time out or loss of privilege).
  • Maintain consistent teacher presence by using voice, tone, and body language to convey caring and high expectations for students. 
  • Facilitate effective student collaboration.

Implement Organizational Routines 

  • Strategically organize physical classroom space, furniture, and materials to support an efficient and comfortable learning environment.
  • Demonstrate, model, and reinforce routines and transitions.
  • Use efficient procedures for starting and closing lessons.
  • Respond to standard student requests without interrupting instruction.
  • Design, set up, model, and manage small group work effectively.
  • Maintain an appropriate pace throughout the lesson.

This page was last updated on May 18, 2023