Academic Culture

Tanesha's Classroom Culture

A positive classroom culture promotes student engagement, efficiency, and academic growth. Culture influences how and why students learn and ties the students to the teacher on a personal level. Check out the video below to see how Tanesha’s culture impacts student achievement!

Strategy Resources (1)
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


About this strategy

Prep Time:
Social Studies
Eighth grade
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