A thriving classroom environment can be created if you are a little cautious as the teacher, and follow some straightforward and exciting ways in the class. Students look for a passionate and stimulating classroom environment, where learning is induced by passion and not by force. Discipline apparently will continue to stay vital
in making learning or practicing a habit.
However, the phobia which is attached to following rules and regulations, and adhering to disciplines while the student is going to school or college can become diverted by some planned measures taken by the teacher. It is how teaching gets compelling, while the ambiance and environment of the classroom get interesting, engaging, fun and active.
The teacher must not be struggling to teach and control students. Rather students must come to the teacher automatically bonded by a love for the teacher, emotion for the class, and passion for the subject evoked by the efforts of the teacher.
Things that are suggestive of the classroom being thriving:
You as the analyzer would know that the learning environment has been successfully made into a thriving classroom when you see the following.
(1) Students are asking questions both about the subject and about other things which are not subject centric but inspired from life and surroundings.
(2) Students interacting amongst themselves in a way that the class is not disturbed and nor the teacher. The interactions are supportive of the teamwork which will
help in group experiments and projects.
(3) Students not hesitant to discuss things
(4) You will also find the weaker students seeking help from the sharper students under the careful supervision of the teacher
(5) Atmosphere of fun and activity amidst learning in the class which never lets boredom creep in
(6) Interactive learning techniques, and new age techniques being executed in the class by teacher
(7) You would see that the most introvert student is also participating in discussions.
(8) Full attendance in most of the classes is a significant indication that the students love the class.
These are all signs that the highly effective classroom has been carefully designed to help the students and teachers thrive and build a great learning environment.
The qualities that make a thriving classroom
Making of a thriving classroom is not a long-term process that will take your time through the entire course you teach. It rather takes shorter time, but some strategy and patience on the part of the teacher. These are some of the qualities which will help you build the perfect ambiance for a highly active learning environment.
Connecting with the students
Some teachers would teach an entire course without knowing the names of all the class students, or rather know them just for the heck of knowing. You would not want to be one of those kinds. In fact, the best way to create the best learning environment is by connecting and bonding with your students. Moreover, this can begin with quick and friendly intro sessions.
You must introduce yourself, and with the same enthusiasm must try to know who is who. Once every student starts believing that you as the teacher have an equal interest in student B as much you have in student A, they would start to care for your words and instructions.
Let the students express themselves freely
Students should feel free to voice their concerns and ask questions to the teacher without any fear in mind. It is this comfort level that will help them discuss the subject and clear confusions. Moreover, you being the teacher will have to listen patiently and give a solution to all.
You will not know when you will gradually come in their list of favorites not just as the teacher but as a friend too. It is then that making them obey rules and disciplines will become easy for you. What other struggling teachers do with force and scolding tone will be a matter of request and fun instructing for you.
Projects and experiments, group discussions and fun activities, all are to support team activities and fun learning. The more you entertain these habits in your class, you encourage interactivity. With this, the learning environment will never be serious and boring, and rather high-spirited and fun.
Learning in a thriving classroom – what does the research say?
Students who can speak clear and discuss anything, often do not get severe problems in the path of learning and education. Amongst the students in a classroom, many are introverts and speak less. Many of them avoid public speaking, group activities and exposure of all kinds.
To assist them, a thriving classroom helps promote active and healthy communications. Such style of teaching can bring a significant difference in the attitude of the students towards learning. The way the teacher introduces the subject, and bonds with each student with the same care, brings on the difference.
As a teacher how would you create a thriving classroom?
If you have just understood the concept of changing your ways from being the struggling teacher to becoming the thriving teacher, then you can create a thriving classroom from the very first class.
- Ensure that you talk to all the students, and complete a full introduction with all.
- Try connecting to their parents too, as in the further course you often will have to send a message or two to their parents about their progress, problems, complaints, and so forth
- Instead of moving fast through the study matter, of course, take slow steps to mingle with the students first. Decide your pace of moving through the lessons based on the absorbing power of the students.
- Help your students to ask you questions fearlessly.
- Dealing with both introvert and extrovert students
The way teachers are helping extroverts and introverts thrive in today’s classrooms has a profound impact on learning. Extrovert students are dealt best when they are engaged in group activities as team leaders. Introvert students are handled best when they are provided critical projects to handle which requires deep focus and patience.
It is best not to mix introverts and extroverts into the same team. Let them be on two different teams so that they may perform in their rhythm and balance. As you follow these simple steps, you gradually would master slowly to establish a thriving classroom environment.