The Student Perspective
When trying to create an effective learning environment, it is essential that you take into account the student perspective. Giving them a sense of ownership is one way that you can encourage students to feel proud of their classroom. Displaying their work is one strategy to help them to take pride in their classroom and have respect for space. Asking students for their thoughts on the classroom is another strategy that you can utilize.
An Effective Learning Environment
For a classroom to be effective, there must be an engaging learning environment. There are many different elements that contribute to making a classroom effective and it is important to take each of these elements into consideration.
Thinking about the types of activities your class will do on a regular basis is an essential aspect of making sure that the classroom works for you and your students. There will be occasions when students need to work independently and other times when they will work within a group.
Similarly, they will sometimes complete written tasks and sometimes they will work on practical projects. You should try to create different areas of the classroom so that the different functions that take place can all be fulfilled.
Accessibility is something that is really important to bear in mind. This is especially the case if you or any of the students or other members of staff have any additional needs. Try to identify any problem areas and then think of solutions. It is vital that everyone can access everything they need safely.
Creating a sense of belonging and ownership for students is another factor of an effective classroom to take into account. Displaying their work is one strategy to use that will do this and it will also promote their learning.
It is likely that you will have students from all backgrounds in your class. This means a diverse mix of cultures, religions, ethnicity and socio-economic groups. Reflecting the diversity in your classroom will raise awareness of the differences and individuality of each of the students in your class and will also build a sense unity between members of the class. This, in turn, will help your students to engage and learn effectively.
Not all students learn in the same way. Some are auditory learners, others are kinesthetic learners and a further group has a visual learning style. However, there are many students who use a combination of learning styles. Using visual displays is a great way of creating an effective learning environment.
Similarly, making full use of the resources available will help students who prefer a hands-on approach. One of the greatest resources you have in a classroom is the whiteboard. Not only will this support visual learning, it creates opportunities for student interaction and this is fantastic for kinaesthetic learners.