Many teachers, especially the ones that teach the younger generation, always look for a way to ensure that they provide a conducive learning environment to their students. This ensures the students stay motivated and are attentive to their lessons. Most teachers seek to have a close relationship with their students and to have students that are obedient and can contribute actively to their studies. For this reason, teachers have sought ways to create a positive environment for their learners and at the same time, reducing the number of discipline cases amongst their young students.
Various scholars have come up with strategies that have helped promote a positive environment and lessen a number of discipline cases that tend to crop up among young students. These strategies have been used by teachers globally and have proven to work very well in a teaching environment making both the students and teachers happy.
Strategies for A Positive Classroom Environment
- Make Learning Relevant and Creative.
Learning is made relevant and creative through clearly outlining relevant subjects for you students that will create an interest for them and make them more attentive and involved in learning. Teachers are also encouraged to apply different methodologies and strategies of teaching to suit each student’s needs thus making education enjoyable and at the same time ensuring that they keep the students actively engaged and involved in their lessons.
- Create Opportunities for Success.
You can do this by applying different methods of encouraging your students during their learning process. You can also try and have the students create for themselves visual charts to show levels of success and how they can achieve greater milestones step by step. You can also ensure that students engage themselves in peer mentoring, or peer tutoring which will enhance collaboration and teamwork amongst the students. Another useful method for creating this success is through creating an environment where the students can feel free to engage you for help anytime that they may need it.
- Develop A Positive Actions Curriculum
Different students come from different backgrounds and culture thus different students share different beliefs on what is right or wrong. By creating a positive actions curriculum, a teacher will help the students realize that positive actions can lead to a better lifestyle, better use of time and through real problem solving they can become smarter and develop their goals better. Developing a positive actions curriculum also helps students live in harmony through being kind to each other and always looking out for one another.
- Connect to students and students to each other.
There is no happier feeling for a student than to feel that they can approach their teacher anytime and for anything. Teachers that follow this strategy always allow students to engage them freely and they are always ready to listen to them. They also tend to know the students individually making students feel at ease. Teachers should also try to ensure that students connect and interact amongst themselves to create a healthy and active learning environment. They can do this by giving them group work assignments and coming up with team building activities that tend to bring them together.
- Proactive Thinking and Actions
Teachers are encouraged to be active with their students through motivating the students to work instead of misbehaving by making learning activities different. The introduction of new activities will require a thorough explanation of what they expect from them regarding results and behavior. Structured exercises are also important as they keep the students involved and they do not have a lot of free time to misbehave. As a teacher, you can also be proactive by always praising your students when they do right and behave well. You can also give plenty of interesting tasks that will keep the students on task and help them gain some confidence.
- Clarity on Expectations
It is imperative that teachers state what they expect from their students very clearly and this is achieved through various ways. For instance, a teacher can create mixed groups of students that have different abilities. They can also set a goal that the students can work towards as this creates a sense of responsibility amongst the students. Giving encouragement to students also motivates them to work harder and use their strengths to enhance their weaknesses.
If the strategies mentioned above are applied to everyday teaching environments, a lot of discipline cases will be reduced, and harmony and peace will prevail in any classroom environment.