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Classroom Culture 1: Purpose

Why do you teach? Your answer to that question shapes your classroom culture and motivates you to get up in the morning to do important work for students. 
 5 Stars (6 Reviews) | 76 Students
Instructor: Joel Medley
  Last updated 8/29/2022    English
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What's included  

  • 3 Sections
  • 2 Resource Documents
  • 3 Detailed Questionnaires
  • 1 Personalized Teaching Philosophy
  • Certificate: 0.5 Hours
  • 9.99

What You'll Learn  

This series on classroom culture will give you the tools and insights you need to fill your classroom with purpose, passion, presence, and positivity.  This is the first course of the series.

Hey! Enroll in all four
to experience the complete classroom culture experience.

Application to Practice  

  • Purpose lays a foundation for your classroom culture with your teaching philosophy. 

  • Passion offers practices and guidelines to spark learning.

  •  Presence shores up consistent engagement.

  • Positivity ensures your classroom is a place your students want to be!

Course Lessons


  • A willingness to learn and grow.
  • A computer or phone with access to the internet.
  • No paid software required - everything you need is in the Learning Module.

Course Description

Why do you teach? Your answer to that question shapes your classroom culture and motivates you to get up in the morning to do some of the most important work on earth.

This first course in the Classroom Culture series will guide you through writing a three-sentence teaching philosophy. This purpose statement is foundational for everything else that follows.
Meet the instructor

Joel Medley

Joel Medley is the Director of Talent Development and Community at Stride, where he uses his experience to coach educators through leadership development. Having taught history across many levels of education, he brings knowledge of leadership in various school settings, from traditional brick-and-mortar institutions to online classrooms.
Meet the designer

Matthew Hoppe

Matthew Hoppe is an Instructional Designer at Stride. He continually draws upon his experience as a teacher, media producer, and director of arts to support various schools and nonprofits. His passion is to use what he has learned to support others as they pursue living their best lives.

Classroom Culture 1: Purpose

An introduction to answer the question, "Why do I teach?" so you may shape the culture of your classroom.
   Last updated 8/29/2022    English    Instructor: Joel Medley

What has been said! So far..

  5 Stars (6 ratings) | 76 Students
Allowing me to reflect and use the content learned to better my teaching.

Lakia A.

  5 Stars
I liked the sentence starters and questioning to help build my teaching philosophy statement, this is something I have struggled with in the past but it was easy to build with the provided framework.

Kathy D.

  5 Stars

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