If you wish to succeed in teaching and have a long career, then you must build a positive learning environment for your students. Being a successful teacher doesn’t mean you have the most knowledge on your subject area, or that you have the best teaching strategies. Successful teachers are ones who can put their students in the right frame of mind to maximize their learning, and that begins with a positive learning environment.
Here’s how you can build a positive learning environment for your classroom.
Greet Students at the Door
The first way to create a positive learning environment for all students is to greet them at the door as they enter the classroom. If you wish to have a positive environment, then you must exude positivity. This type of attitude is contagious and students will mimic your positivity. Students will also feel welcomed while walking in and start the class with the right mind set before taking their seat. Whether you’re going to lecture on pythagorean theorem, graphic design, wood shop, or how to write an argumentative essay, greeting students at the door is the first step towards a positive learning environment.
Invest Your Time into Your Students
Students are more willing to learn if there is an unwavering level of trust between the teacher and the student. The only way to build this type of trust and form a positive relationship is to invest your time as a teacher into your students.
Get to know your students beyond the classroom, and understand who they are on a more personal level. Understand what motivates them, what they like and don’t like, what they’re favorite subject is and what they’re least favorite subject is. You must know your students inside and out to cultivate a positive learning environment. Yes, this will take time and energy, and you may not always feel like making this type of investment, but it’s a sacrifice you’ll have to make if you wish to help students reach their full potential.
Create a Reward System
Everyone loves to be rewarded for the work that they’ve done, it doesn’t matter who you are. Students are no different. Sometimes grades aren’t the best extrinsic motivator to get students to complete their work and excel in their studies. That’s why it’s important to find a positive reward systems that reinforces the excellent work that students demonstrate throughout the year.
This will motivate students at all times and will create an environment where students receive affirmation for the work that they have done in your classroom.
Reach out to Parents
Relationships with parents is equally important as students in order to create a positive learning environment. Parents must know your expectations in the classroom and the procedures for how you run the class. It’s important to build a positive relationship with these parents so they can support your rules and procedures once the student gets home.
You always want parents to be on board and reinforce the important skills that you are trying to teach the students at school, such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and study/organizational skills. Without relationships with parents, it will be extremely difficult to reach the student and help them reach their potential.