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How to Create and Maintain a Positive Learning Environment

Kids in the classroomA positive learning environment in schools sets the tone for students’ success. When children feel valued and respected, they are more likely to learn and perform better not just in school but also in life.

There are many ways to create a positive learning environment, but it all boils down to these two principles: safety (dealing with the students’ physical and mental needs) and connectedness (emotional needs).

Safety

A good academic performance will not be possible if students do not feel safe. School administrators must take measures to ensure that accidents, injuries and violence are prevented at school.

The first step is to identify the risks at school, checking the places that can be unsafe for children. For example, parking lots where there’s a risk of hitting accidents or uncovered outdoor areas where there’s a possibility of skin damage from the sun. For the former example, clear, visible signs on the road can help. For the latter, covered walkways or school shelters can address the problem. You may also get the help of bike shelter manufacturers to make sure children’s bikes are safe at school.

Of course, safety does not just refer to physical safety. It extends to students knowing that they are safe because they feel valued and respected as human beings, regardless of their race, religion, gender or abilities. As educators, you need to let students know that their opinions and insights matter.

Connectedness

A good relationship is the foundation of effective learning. When students are able to connect deeply with their teachers, fellow students and other school members, they widen their perspective on things. This expands their understanding of the world. Help your students connect by using social-emotional learning (SEL). This type of learning involves teachers allowing students to explore feelings and exhibit empathy for others.

One good way to apply SEL is to let students break out in smaller groups after they work together in activities, so they can discuss what they felt and why they thought they felt such. Usually, activities bring out different types of emotions in children, from frustration and anger to victory and delight. Have your students sit down and explore these emotions in their groups.

A positive learning environment is a fertile ground for students’ success in academics and in life. Cultivate this environment to make a difference in the children’s future.