We all want our children to be happy. While this is our main concern at home, we often neglect to pay attention to whether this is also true in the school environment.
Many teachers realize that their children’s well-being is just as important as the acquisition of cognitive load. Children should be free from stress caused by their everyday commitment to courses, exams and competitiveness.
So, instead of cultivating the sense of success, teachers should first work on creating positive environments in their classrooms. When children have a positive and happy attitude, they are more prepared to explore, experiment and learn.
How can teachers create a positive environment in the classroom?
- Let’s calm down! When we get rid of stress, we are able to observe the world around us more closely, we can appreciate and learn because we want to and not because we have to and therefore, we can relax. In the classroom we could spend more time with our students at the start of the day, chatting about their lives or spending some time to read a book.
- Let’s leave the classroom! The sun and fresh air, or the feel of the rain can all be refreshing and can bring us closer to nature. It would be a good idea to take the children out in the schoolyard for courses that can be conducted without the use of a white board or a computer. The natural environment can help us draw useful information for our class.
- Let’s put some movement in our lives! Most young children are kinesthetic. The simplest tasks that require movement spark the interest of our very young students and make them happier. The learning process becomes more pleasant and students are more eager to take part in the lesson.
- Let’s put the music on! Playing light music while children are writing or drawing helps them focus and concentrate. Finally, 5 minutes before the end of the lesson, playing a relaxing piece of music and keeping our eyes closed can make all the difference.
Don’t forget! A simple smile can make the day of your young students brighter.
by Dora Papapanagiotou, Senior Educational Consultant, hyphen SA
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