Great teachers create learning spaces that promote collaboration and build a sense of belonging among students. Studies show that students easily gain knowledge when their classroom fosters harmony and warmth. Students also learn easier in environments where creativity and thinking are promoted, and where they have easy access to learning tools.
Provide cooperative spaces
Students learn better when their environment promotes diversity in learning styles and models. Teachers need to find a way to provide for different learning modes to ensure that everyone learns, no matter their learning preference. This can be achieved through multi-sensory learning activities such as storytelling, video presentations and oral exercises.
Teachers also need to consider how children’s different learning styles can be stimulated in the classroom environment. Inviting educational furniture, and visual aids such as charts and models can help achieve this.
Establish your work area
One of the focal points in the classroom is the teacher’s work area. When designing your classroom’s layout, consider whether you want to be situated in front of the students or at the back of the room.
Since your table is the centre of the room, always keep it tidy. The fewer the items you put on your table, the more organised it looks. This also opens space for your students to turn in their homework or projects.
Maintain a schedule
Schedules help students keep track of their tasks and progress. Teachers can help students by providing weekly to daily schedules, learning priorities, rules and calendars in locations that can be easily viewed. Schedules also promote students’ productivity and independence in studying by highlighting tasks and activities that have to be accomplished in a certain period. To make schedules more enticing, make them meaningful, attractive and readable from afar.
Supply learning tools and matter
Good teachers allow their students to learn at their own level of comfort. If children are well-oriented with what is expected of them, they can be allowed to work independently and learn at their own pace. You can build their sense of independence by allocating an area in your room where supplies such as practice papers are easy to access.
A positive learning environment can help students learn with ease. By providing learning tools, schedules and cooperative spaces, students can learn while having fun.