Learners experience positivity, warmth, and joy in school.


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Are happy and joyful in their space

Evidence of Learner Behaviors

  • Learners seem content (based on observable behaviors) in their learning environments and feel ownership and/or safe in their space

  • Articulate ways they find this class or environment makes learning fun (e.g., game-based learning or challenges)

Questions to Ask Learners

  • How would you describe how you feel in this learning environment?

  • How do you feel about school?

  • Where do you find positivity, or good feelings, at school?

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Feel celebrated

Evidence of Learner Behaviors

  • Celebrate a recent success in goal completion with peers, in small-group or whole-group formats

  • Visible recognition of an achievement

Questions to Ask Learners

  • When you accomplish something, how is it celebrated in your learning environment or learning community?

  • How does that make you feel?

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Authentically engage with learning

Evidence of Learner Behaviors

  • Ask questions and express interest in continuing their learning at home beyond the task

  • Express voice and choice in learning tasks and experiences

  • Design their own learning task to demonstrate mastery

Questions to Ask Learners

  • How do you have a say in what kinds of learning tasks you do?

  • Do you often continue your own learning on a topic or task at home?


When learners are enthusiastic about the topics and approach to learning, they’re more likely to remember what they’re learning. Classroom activities that create joy help the brain store and recall important skills and knowledge, supporting the retention of concepts for learners.


Creating lessons that are designed to stimulate and excite learner interest is an important opportunity to support the retention of knowledge and skills

Educator Actions

Learning facilitators promote joy among learners.

CSTPs: 1.3, 2.3, 2.6

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Create ways to celebrate learners in their learning environment and with their families, as well. Create a growth wall that honors learners’ progress in programs like Lexia and iReady. Kagan structures create fun ways to have learners celebrate as a class.

Consider using other structures like the Remind app to carry those celebrations home!


  • Celebrate learner efforts and accomplishments by showing off their work or publicly acknowledging their efforts (P/F)

  • Create an inviting, warm, and welcoming classroom space for all learners (P)

  • Incorporate meaningful choices for learners (P)

  • Incorporate challenges, play, and occasional low- or no-stakes competition aligned to learning objectives (P/F)

  • Ensure sufficient variety in activities (P)

  • Add mystery and suspense to learning activities (P/F)

  • Empower learners to create (P/F)

P = planned F = facilitated spontaneously