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Classroom Climate and the Syllabus

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Classroom Climate and the Syllabus

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Classroom climate “profoundly shapes” the experience of both instructor and students. That’s a claim made by two authors of a study that looked at syllabi from sociology courses to see what they said about classroom climate (Valentin & Grauerholz, 2019, p. 219). They found that most of the statements focused on students and their need to respect each other. Students are key, but they don’t provide the leadership needed to establish or maintain the classroom climate. That’s a teacher’s responsibility.

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