Take all reasonable steps to provide and maintain a teaching and learning environment that is physically, socially, culturally and emotionally safe

These are the steps I have taken to provide and maintain a teaching and learning environment that is physically, socially, culturally and emotionally safe for all students:

Creating a physically safe classroom:

Class Treaty:
With the class, we co-constructed a class set of guidelines that we thought should underpin everything we do in our class. These were agreed upon by all students and then displayed on the wall for future reference.

Making the classroom not so cluttered to cater for a student with autism:
I have really thought about the layout of the classroom and how I can make it as less cluttered as possible to avoid excess anxiety for my student who has autism. Having designated areas for everything helps her to know that everything has its place within the class and this helps her to feel physically safe.

Removing excess furniture and objects:
I have removed as much furniture as possible to allow students to move freely within the classroom without compromising their safety in any way.

 


Creating a socially safe classroom:

Class Treaty:
See above for description.

Kia Kaha Unit:
As a class, we completed the Kia Kaha unit during Term 1. This allowed students to define what bullying looks like, sounds like, and feels like. From this, the students all agreed that they wanted our class to be a bully free zone so that we can have a socially safe classroom.

 


Creating a culturally safe classroom:

Class Treaty:
See above for description.

Class Korowai Cloak:
As a class, we created a korowai cloak with feathers that represent us as individuals. Students presented their feathers to the class so we could learn more about who they are and what sorts of things they like. Our korowai cloak  celebrates the different cultures and heritages that each student brings to our classroom.

 

 


Creating an emotionally safe classroom:

 

Class Treaty:
See above for description.

 

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