“Try not to become a man of success, But rather try to become a man of value”- Albert Einstein
Every teacher wants a pleasant, enjoyable classroom, so do students!
Here are some ways you can make sure your classroom is ready to be the educational haven you want it to be. Building a positive classroom environment will result in preparing positive students who are motivated to learn. Creating a positive classroom is not that difficult when compared to the rewards that are immense and satisfying.
1. Welcome them with open arms
Even before the academic year begins, you can greet your students with a welcome letter. Students will not only feel welcome, but they will feel appreciated as well. Remember, a caring classroom is a happy classroom.
Why is it really important for teachers to create a positive and engaging classroom atmosphere? Research has indicated that students will learn better and engage more if a positive classroom atmosphere is created by the teacher. One other important factor is that Teachers’ responses to children’s behaviour will help to set the tone of the class environment.
2. Establish classroom routines
Establishing classroom routines make a class more disciplined and easier to handle. The children of all grades should be aware of the classroom routines and manners to follow. The outcome is more positive classroom behaviour and less chaos. Keep routines and rules simple and teach one or two at a time, for the long term it will benefit the teacher and students a lot without pushing students too hard.
3. A warm gentle smile makes a difference:
“Kindness is like snow- it beautifies everything it covers”- Kahil Gibran
An important part of creating your positive classroom is to make your students feel like you want them to be there. To talk, teach and communicate positively. Your tone of voice and especially your body language will also play vital roles in comforting students.
Welcome your students with a smile, give them a big hug and tell them how happy you are to see them each day. A genuine smile on your face carry children a long way. Children too are more sensitive and hesitant to participate when they find their teacher not in mood or loving. The power of their fondness for you, a hug or even just a smile in the corridor can have a big impact on their day. In return you’ll see the same child working hard to please you.
4. Stay patient and calm:
We can expect students to be naughty in class from time to time and teachers can get upset easily at times as well. In order to maintain a positive attitude, it is better the teachers do not show your anger. Teachers should understand that the students are still developing social awareness as well as other skills and we should give that extra bit of patience when required. Present them with happy face tokens for their good behaviour etc.
5. Invest time to know your students & be professional:
Any teacher who invests time to get to know his/her students are at a greater advantage when comes to creating a positive classroom environment. Teacher has to be professional when it comes to work, especially in teaching. He/She has to clearly demarcate personal or professional issues or events. The mood that is carried throughout the day will definitely have an impact on the day’s work.
6. Accept your students as they are:
Each kid is born with a different skill and ability. The environment in which the children are raised is also different.
Never comment on a student’s appearance, each student is an individual. As far as classroom behaviour is concerned, feel open to talk with parents about things they can do to help their kids to be better.
7. Positive communication with parents:
Recognise and praise the children frequently. It can lead to positive changes in them. Positive communication with parents back home is important. Parents like to hear about what their kids are doing, and kids love to be complimented in the presence of their parents.
8. Learn to be an expert communicator:
Children often do not have the ability to explain why they feel uncomfortable or to express their feelings. So it’s important for teacher to sense the expressions on their faces, their movements, and try to figure out what they are in need of. Communication with kids is an absolute necessity for a teacher. Children’s behaviour is often unpredictable, illogical and based on their emotions. Teachers have to learn to utilize effective communication techniques to establish positive classroom behaviour, which will greatly help us in creating a harmonious and positive classroom atmosphere.
9. Encourage children to mingle with peers:
Most children love to talk and usually have a lot to say and share. Teachers can easily identify the children who need extra push to mingle with peers. If the teacher finds any problem with the child, it can be addressed immediately. Teachers should provide opportunities for students to get social with their peers through group activities. Getting social and talking about things other than schoolwork will make students even happier. Try giving students at least 5-10 minutes at the end of the day just to talk with their classmates and make it enjoyable.
10. Use play, humour & Offer students more choices
Use every single opportunity you have to use humour in the classroom. Tell a joke, a funny story, or come into school with a silly hat or mask on.
Research indicates play is an important component in a child’s development. It helps them grow physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. It keeps them healthy, burns off energy, gives them exposure to learn through others, and try different things. It’s a great creative outlet, and it teaches children how to interact with others. Play gives them an opportunity to learn various values like sporting spirit, share and care etc
Giving students a choice in what or how they will learn is a great way to make them happy. It also shows them that you trust them, as well as gives them some independence. Each child demonstrates a different learning style, so offer choices wherever and whenever possible.
11.Give their brain a break
Brain breaks are essential for students. Research has proven that students learn best when they are given the opportunity to rest their brain throughout the school day. The purpose of a brain break is to re-focus students for they will learn better, but it also makes their brain happy. After each period/ session, take time to give students a quick brain break. All it takes is five minutes, and you will definitely see a happy classroom. Engage students in 5 minute breathing exercise, jumping or following suggestions to keep them agile and ready for the next period/ session.
12. Walk the talk
To create a happier classroom for your children, you must first work on yourself. So, make sure you look after your health & family.
Ultimately, a happy teacher makes a happy classroom. Let’s feel convicted. Convicted to do better each day and remember what our purpose really is as a teacher.
Teachers’ Success, in the end, is about our happiness, prosperity, and positive impact on those around us.
Have a great year fellow teachers!
- Dr. Sreepriya Ashok, Academic Consultant, CEP Global