1.A warm, supportive classroom environment.
This is difficult when you are feeling out of balance yourself. Someone once said " You can't give what you haven't got" If you are feeling out of balance then it is difficult to give that warm supportive environment so needed for quality work to be achieved.
2. Students are asked only to do useful work.
"We have the test coming up and I don't think that my students have had enough practice at doing those comprehension examples. We had better do more rather than that lesson I planned on setting up a class business."
3. Students are always asked to do the best they can do.
It always seems that we put time ahead of quality work. In a classroom where you have a range of learners and learning styles; where some student complete work more quickly than others. It is very difficult to allow the time for students to do the best that they can.
4. Students are asked to evaluate their own work and improve it.
This is the key to quality and indeed to intrinsic motivation, yet time taken to use this form of evaluation is not given. Rather we tend to use teacher evaluation most often in our attempt to get the results that we want.
5. Quality work always feels good
When the time is given to take something to a level of quality, when it is perceived as useful, when the classroom is warm and supportive and students are proud of their work, then it does feel good.
6. Quality work is never destructive
This photo was taken in a classroom in a New Zealand school recently. It demonstrates the quality work being done in this classroom.
Henderson North School in Auckland