Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


This research paper analyzed the meaning of classroom culture, and how to shape it to address the needs of every student in a K-2nd class. The research explained that teachers should create their classroom culture prior to the school year, as opposed to letting it play out year-to-year. The research provided insights about the role a positive teacher-student relationship had on classroom culture, and how effective teachers were when they connected with students on an academic, social, personal, and experiential level. A literature review was conducted that included peer-reviewed articles, research journals, and past university research projects. Several articles indicated that when teachers were aware of how to teach not only the academic side of their students but also the emotional side, class production went up, while behavior problems went down. The research explained that building classroom culture requires that teachers must educate the whole child.