To help students of diverse needs learn, retain what they learn, collaborate in problem-solving, see value with inclusion, and grow in a desire to learn, teachers need to create environments conducive to active learning and filled with hope. Environments emerge from the time a student stands in the doorway of a classroom and continue through every element on display and encountered in interactions. Educators who understand they affect the environment will set the tone, present inclusively, provide meaningful activities, and do a heroic job of leading students. This article presents heroes with classic values in schools and communities through the lives of teachers who have attributes of high expectations, respect, openness, engagement, hope, and sociability, that motivates and retains students.
HEROES: Creating Classroom Environments, Presentations, and Activities that Positively Affect Student Motivation, Inclusion, and Retention,
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