Whether you are a novice or hold decades of teaching experience, every class and every session is a new one. In every teaching new session you need to create a positive learning environment so that students learn better. A positive environment involves students, gives them clear learning goals and enhances their social and academic success.
Students tend to be less distracted and behave well when the class atmosphere is conducive. Hence it is easier to manage the class and stick to a plan. Here are some steps you can take towards creating positive learning environment.
Trust is the most important element of any relationship and teacher-student relationship is no exception. Remember that as the student passes to the next class, you might get to teach her again. If you win the trust of a student once, you will have it till the student remains in the school. So it is well worth the effort. Some simple ways of building trust are −
Good communication is the key to success of any project and importance of communication cannot be emphasized sufficiently in a classroom scenario. Handling 30 or more students in a group can be a daunting task and you will be able to achieve this only by establishing and encouraging use of communication channels. You need to remember that it cannot be achieved in a day; you need to put in continued effort. Here are some steps you can take in the right direction −
Lay down classroom rules clearly and emphatically at the start of the academic year
Set aside time for discussions other than academics
Listen to a child when she wants to share something
Be honest in your dealings with the class a whole
Never show favoritism; it prevents children from communication
A positive attitude from the teacher sends out positive signals to the students that something good and positive is going to happen in the class. This gets their attention and sets the tone for a thriving learning environment. Here are some things that exhibit your positivity −