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19 student and staff behaviors

Our analysis revealed 19 student and staff behaviors that are most likely to contribute to a positive school culture.

They are, in no particular order:


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  • Showing pride in school
  • Collaboration
  • Kindness
  • Taking pride in one’s work
  • Leadership
  • Helping others
  • Using time wisely
  • Being prepared
  • Love of learning
  • Making good choices
  • Active listening
  • Cooperation
  • Using appropriate communication 
  • Caring 
  • Self-reliance
  • Perseverance/resilience
  • Making an insightful comment
  • Organization
  • Going above and beyond

Tom Hierck is the author of Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom. Kent Peterson is professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.