Ways to Have a Highly Effective Learning Environment
Education is not just something that can be dumped on a child and asked to mug up to be reproduced in the exam. A child is properly educated only when she is exposed to a proper learning environment. Creating such an environment is extremely essential to introduce an interest for education to the children. Although teachers are more responsible in creating such an environment, students also play a major role in taking that forward. It is, in fact, a joint effort in which the teacher needs to take the initiative. This blog discusses a few features that you, as a teacher, should implement to produce an effective learning environment for the students.
Get to Know Your Students
Do you remember the name of every student? Can you recognize them in a crowd? You should know your students individually. Remember, students like to be recognized. Put a face to the name in your register. Ask them questions about their likes and dislikes, what they would like to be in the future, and so on. You would find it easier to communicate with them if you knew them. Your students should be able to talk to you.
Encouraging a good relationship between students and teachers is important, as children would hardly initiate a conversation or talk about their troubles. To make your students point out their doubts, build a relationship of trust between you. That would be possible only if you try to bring out the best in them. You do not need to go out on a limb to initiate such a process. All you need to do is talk to them. You can conduct a weekly community meeting with your students and get to know about the issues that you might not be aware of among them. And the best part is, you would get to come up with a solution that benefits all.
Your Behavior is Important
Your behavior plays a crucial role in getting your students to listen to you. You do not want your students to be running around or leaving the classroom in utter chaos. If you want discipline in your classroom, you should exercise the virtue as well. Try not to lose your temper or be rude with your students. Patience is a virtue. You would need that more than anything else if you wish to maintain a healthy environment in the classroom. Teachers set the tone right for an ideal classroom.
Exercise equitable rule enforcement in the classroom to an extent, but do not try to go overboard. Punishing them for the minutest of offence would not prove to be beneficial. But that doesn’t mean you need to be lenient about everything. Work your magic within a limited boundary to let your students indulge in little chunks of happy hour, under a supervision, of course.
Every child has creativity in his/her imagination. They say that this creativity is driven away by the grueling system of education. You could try a lot of methods to prove the statement wrong. But most importantly, you should not flout their creativity. When you find them sketching at the back of their notebooks, instead of scolding them, find a way to appreciate them. Nurturing the creativity in students will prove to be beneficial for them in future in ways you might not be able to fathom at the moment.
Incorporate Learning Models
This is one of the most important ways to make your classroom more interactive. You can have a pick from the endless options of learning models, a few of which include:
- Project-based learning model
- Inquiry-based learning model
- Direct instruction
- Peer-to-peer learning
- Mobile learning
- Flipped classroom
- School-to-school learning
You could employ any of the ones above or do a bit of research on what suits your classroom best. This would improve your students’ behavior and help them to be more responsive to the education they are receiving. Besides, this brings variety into the classroom and that is one of the best ways to engage students’ attention, as they tend to get bored if the same old strategies are employed every day.
Do Not Forget to Appreciate
You have by now encouraged, motivated, and communicated with your students. But all of your strategies would turn out to be hollow if you did not appreciate their efforts. Remember that appreciation is how you seal the deal. Students respond to appreciation unbelievably. They would turn up in large numbers with ideas and their successful, or almost successful, implementation of the same.
Now weave this into education. Tricky, right? But not completely so, if you are doing it right. You could organize competitions or think up a project that you can air in the class and ask your students to participate. Better still, ask them about the project ideas. You would be amazed at what they come up with. Once the competition is over, grade them. Nothing would make them happier than showing off an ‘A’ for the hard work they have done.
Whatever you do, try to be consistent. It won’t help if you suddenly stop the innovation you are putting forward. You would need to research constantly to let this healthy environment prevail. You could also ask your students to come up with ideas if you have exhausted your weekly stock. Most importantly, enjoy and make learning fun for your student.
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