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#RSCON11 – Creating Safe Learning Environments

January 19, 2011

On Saturday, January 8th I presented on “Creating Safe Learning Environments” for the New Teachers Reform Symposium. I want to thank everyone who attended my presentation. I’d also like to thank my PLN for your constant support and encouragement. I’m amazed by how much I keep learning and growing thanks to you! Presenting for #rscon11 has been an incredible experience for me.

I have put together all the links and resources shared during the presentation here.

You can watch the recorded session here

These are the slides that I have used in my session.

Please contact me if you need any help or have any further questions. I’d be glad to help!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 8:27 pm

    Gret, I will be sharing your session with our staff. Very happy to report we had four teachers on our staff attend sessions during Reform Symposium 2011. Vacation time for you. Enjoy yourself, you deserve some down time and take care of yourself. Your #1 fan in San Antonio. Oh yes, Go Spurs Go!

    • January 21, 2011 10:15 pm

      Wow Rich! I’m honored! Thanks so much! I had a wonderful time on my vacation… I got back home today! I’m your #1 fan in Argentina Rich! Thanks for being awesome! Go Rich! Go Spurs!

  2. January 19, 2011 9:26 pm

    Hi Greta,

    This is excellent advice, for any teacher on the planet. I’m sharing it with my PLN. I’m sure many teachers will find this not only wise, not only insightful, but useful in a very practical way!


    • January 21, 2011 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words and sharing my presentation Thomas! It seriously means a lot! 🙂

  3. January 20, 2011 2:53 am

    You were fantastic!

    • January 21, 2011 10:30 pm

      Aww thanks so much! It means a lot coming from you Kelly! Thanks again!

  4. January 21, 2011 10:00 pm

    Treating myself to your presentation today and really enjoying it… thank you for sharing your wisdom & experience.

    • January 21, 2011 10:31 pm

      Wow Shelley! So honored! Thanks so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Thanks for your kind words!

  5. Kayla Nelson permalink
    January 25, 2011 2:52 pm

    I’m a student at the University of the South Alabama taking EDM310. I loved your presentation;after taking a few education classes and being in the classroom for a semester I agree that making the classroom a safe environment is key to getting students to achieve. I also think that making learning fun will create an atmosphere that will be more open to discussion and critical thinking, which is so important to get students excited to learn.

    • January 26, 2011 10:49 am

      Thanks so much Kayla! A safe learning environment is key. It helps motivate students to learn. We need to foster the love for learning in our students. Love for learning is essential in today’s world! So glad you liked my presentation! I really appreciate your words! Thanks again!

  6. February 5, 2011 5:39 pm

    Hello Greta, I’m a student at the University of South Alabama; I’m an education and social science major. Currently I am in an educational technology class taught by Dr. John Strange known as edm310.
    I really agree that students need to be comfortable to be able to learn, because that is my personal experience as well. I work and learn much better when I feel comfortable in college, so I assume that this is even more important for grade school education.
    Thank you,
    Kevin White

    • February 10, 2011 12:40 pm

      Hi Kevin! Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I totally agree with you, we work and learn much better when we feel comfortable. It is vital for elementary education, but it’s like that all the time. It doesn’t matter how old we are… Thanks again!

  7. Barry Wall permalink
    March 5, 2011 12:05 pm

    I really enjoyed your presentation; these are great things for teacher to keep in mind in order to facilitate a great classroom environmnet. I really enjoyed the idea of making it “our” classroom. A sense of shared community seems like a really great way to have more students involved in how the classroom operates.

  8. Michael Armstrong permalink
    April 1, 2011 8:16 pm

    Ms. Greta,

    I really enjoyed the entire presentation but the part I enjoyed the most was “our” classroom not “the” classroom. I am a very competitive person which is why I play sports, but I don’t think the classroom is a great place for competition. When students help each other like they’re a team the kids that understand the material can help the others that don’t quite get it just yet by telling them what helps them understand it. Sometime we as teachers may not be able to get our point across to every student, but another student may be able to get it across to them.

    Thanks for your hard work. I hope to hear more of your thoughts later on in my teaching career. I will posting a summary of this post and one I have already commented on later tonight on My Blog, for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class.

    Michael Armstrong

  9. hillary permalink
    April 1, 2011 9:31 pm

    Hey again! Great post, I wish every child had this type of environment in their classrooms!!


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