The school year is about to come to an end, so now is the time to prepare for next year. As any teacher can attest, preparation in the summer is the most important part of the next school year because by the time September comes around, time is a commodity. Between grading papers, preparing lesson plans and meeting with parents, there is little time to address the issues of creating a school environment. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what a teacher or educator can do to create the proper learning environment to foster learning.
- Set your expectations and rules on the first day: The most important part of establishing a good learning environment is addressing your expectations and rules on the first day. However, addressing these expectations means creating a code of conduct during the summer. It means considering what your itinerary will be for the year and figuring out a way to establish rules that will cater to your expectations. By setting the mood early, your students will know how to act and be accountable for their actions if they decide to go against the rules. A teacher can know if his/her message is getting across by the mood and behavior of the students. They should observe the eyes and behavior of the students. If they notice something is wrong, they can address it early.
- Have a good relationship with parents: As most parents know, early childhood development is crucial to later successes. Because of this, parents will be more proactive with their children’s learning processes. It’s important to keep parents in the loop when it comes to the teaching process, so they can help when they can. Answer your emails often and encourage parent/teacher conferences when concerns arise, so parents and the teacher (you) can work together to ensure the child is able to learn in the classroom.
- Create the right environment with the right furniture: Having the right school furniture is an understatement. Adequate desks, tables and chairs can foster the right environment for a student to learn because it gives the image of control. If a teacher has desks and tables to accommodate lesson plans and group activity, the students will know that the teacher has control over the room, and they will more likely put their trust in the teacher. If the room is chaotic and the teacher is constantly searching for furniture that meets the activity’s needs, the students will be less likely to trust and listen to the teacher.
Heather B is part of a team of writers who contribute to blogs and sites having to do with education daily.