Having a positive environment is one of the most important elements of successful learning. A Classroom that transmits warmth, harmony, and positivity cultivates a community of engaged learners.
If you are looking to enhance your teaching goals and promote a healthy learning atmosphere, these five tips can help-
Focus On Creating A Positive Relationship With Your StudentsThe most important tool for creating a pleasant student classroom atmosphere is to handle everything with a positive attitude. There are several little ways to spread positivity in the learning spaces, such as smiling in the morning when your students arrive. As a teacher, you can explain to your kids to make eye contact and give a verbal greeting, handshake, a high five, etc. In this way, every student would get a chance to have positive human contact at least once a day.
You can designate a class greeter who would welcome each fellow with a gesture of his choice. By doing so, you can teach your kids how to treat, respect, and care for each other.
Discuss Positive Social Skills With StudentsEducators should model good social skills as a part of their curriculum that would help students
to become productive members of society. Before teaching these skills, first, you need to discuss why they are important.
You can create a list, and ask the students to choose one skill they want to discuss-
- Complimenting Others
- Asking For Help
- Sharing Things
- Encouraging Others
- Disagreeing Politely
- Working As A Team
- Resolving A Dispute
- Communicating Effectively
- Active Listening
Conduct Class-Building Games And TasksBesides developing a healthy relationship with your students, it is equally essential to building positive bonding among them. The best thing you can do to break down the cliques within the classroom is to engage students in non-competitive games and cooperative learning. Hundreds of resources are available online that can provide a myriad of choices for your grade level.
Another advantage of bringing games and activities into the classroom is that it gives students a great reason to attend your lessons. Further, it helps new or shy students feel a sense of belonging.
Give Every Student A ResponsibilityWhen students have responsibilities, they feel personally invested in maintaining a healthy classroom environment. But, you need to be careful not to give a few students so many duties and others only one task. If there aren’t enough things to do around, you can shuffle their tasks on a weekly basis.
Celebrate Success As A TeamA celebration should be considered as a spontaneous event meant to recognize an achievement. If you promise gold stars, monetary prizes, incentives, etc. to the students, this may lead them doing nothing without a reward. Further, it serves to undermine other students’ motivation and may cause relationship problems.
Instead, you can set a goal, such as the whole class completing a task before the deadline. You can individually talk to the students about the success and praise their efforts, strategies, and hard work. You can appreciate the students’ progress and encourage them for their next assessments.