Put that Oxygen Mask on First: 2 Strategies for Teachers Who Want a Positive Classroom Environment

Many educators striving for a positive classroom environment have been told the airplane oxygen mask metaphor: Put on your oxygen mask before putting on someone else’s.

The intended message is to take care of yourself first, so you can then take care of others. This is especially true for teachers who are supporting students.

Harvard GSE researcher Heather Hill found that, indeed, creating welcoming environments for students must first start at the teacher level.

In this #PLtogether Lounge Talk, Heather Hill, also a columnist for Edweek’s ‘What Works, What Doesn’t’, talked with Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller.