Most of us can remember our schooling experiences. There were those classrooms that we positively bounded into, wishing to greet the teacher and see what was the content of the lesson that day. Then there were others we’d dread about the entire lunch break before having to see. Why do we have fond memories of some teachers, and anything but with the others? Is it a love for the lesson? For the personality? For the subject? For how good you were in that environment? All of this could add up to some kind of result here.
But overall, even a teacher who might not be on top of their game can yield excellent results through the act of creating a positive learning environment. No matter what you do or how you hope to achieve things, this can provide a tremendously worthwhile experience, and it can be so simple in its application. There are only a few things as noble as inspiring a young mind to loving learning and inspiring them, so let’s see how this might be achieved:
Allow Everyone Room To Speak
It can be hard to encourage children to carefully express their view, or to give an answer to a question. It can often be that three or four dominating voices completely cover the learning discourse, and that can be a problem. A somewhat shy child might wish to contribute, but have a hard time forcing their point in front of others. This is why a hands-up system can work well. During discussion periods, a teddy bear of some kind could also be used in order to ensure that whoever holds it is speaking, and the others need to listen to them. When you try to get a varied response from all members of the classroom, you can attend to them all, and encourage previously quiet voices to shine.
A dull classroom leads to dull lessons and a drab working environment. Decorate your classroom effectively. Classroom displays using classroom resources for teachers, colourful ribbons or stars, a class star chart, or whatever you think would be appropriate can add some visual flair and colour to a room. Little things, such as allowing them to colour in the name-tag on their school draws or desks could help them add a sense of ownership to the classroom. If you can achieve this, you’re sure to influence a positive learning environment and a much more wholesome approach.
Discipline can create positivity, if used in the right way. If you’re too worried about telling children to be quiet, absolutely stamping out any form of bullying or using your authority in any way, your classroom will be chaos. The best teachers are those who can handle a class, are strict but absolutely fair in their judgement, and always supportive. This means tolerating little in the way of distraction, but not so far in that the children become afraid or tense around you.
With these tips - we hope you can make a classroom children can truly develop well within.