Starting classes is a very special moment, not only for boys and girls but also for teachers. The teachers also start the course with great enthusiasm, with desire and hope, but also with certain fears. Taking a class is not always easy, the work of educators goes far beyond the content exhibition. The teacher must create learning and development experiences that become the ideal scenario for each of the learning processes of each of their students. And for that, a good class climate is fundamental, but how can we foster that class environment?
The classroom is a space for development and learning. It is the place and the context where multiple processes end, which in turn are interdependent. That is, both each of the learning processes and everything that happens in the classroom context will influence each other. We can understand it by imagining the classroom as a system with multiple elements, where each of them, their internal processes and their interactions exert mutual influence. Learning is determined by the environment of the classroom, so a positive climate will enhance the learning and on the contrary, a negative climate will be an obstacle for them.
The importance of a Positive Environment
A favorable climate will enhance learning. We can sniff the aura of a favorable climate which is packed with a positive environment, collaborative interactions, equitable roles and a peaceful and soldiery coexistence, where conflicts are resolved in an appropriate manner.
Attributes of Positive Classroom Climate
1. Tolerance and Respect
They will allow the development of each and every child in the class. In this way, each and every one in the class can feel comfortable and safe.
2. Positive Emotions
Positive emotions favor relaxation, interaction, and learning, and speed up the resolution of conflicts. In addition, the mutual knowledge of all the members of the group is the strength of a classroom.
Ideas to Create a Good Environment
Creating a good class climate is essential, but it is not always easy. To start creating a good class climate, the initial days are very important. During these first days, the group is known and consolidated, defined and established dynamics. It is very important in the first days to seek mutual knowledge and a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Let’s see some ideas for this:
1. Introducing Partners
It is a dynamic that aims to achieve that all the members of the group are known and create an environment of trust. It is a very simple activity that we can do the first days of class, it consists of placing the children in pairs, each one has a series of questions that he has to ask his partner, as an interview and write down the answers. Then each one will introduce their partner to the group. It is easier to talk and present to a partner than to do it about oneself and we will get everyone to know each other.
2. Tell Me your Name
For this dynamic, you can place yourselves in circles and use a ball. It is about throwing the ball to a partner while you say the slogan: “Tell me your name”, the one who receives the ball will have to say his name and throw it quickly to another partner. Once the ice is broken with the names you can ask them to tell us other things, for example: tell me your favorite color, tell me how many brothers you have, tell me your favorite food, etc. The one who receives the ball has to answer and pass the ball with one of the slogans quickly. It is a very fun game that helps to know us.
3. Find Partner Asking Questions
The objective of this dynamic is to make everyone know that they have fun together and in this way create a pleasant atmosphere.
For this activity you need cards with animals, each animal has to appear twice. Now distribute the cards without showing them to the classmates. The slogan of the game is to find your partner, but without the other animals discovering their animal identity. For this, they will have to move around the classroom and ask questions to your classmates trying to find out if the animal they have is the same. For example: do you have wings? Do you have four legs?
4. Team Games, Competitions
The competitions can have several tests, questions and answers, mathematical Olympiad, review of what was learned the previous course, draw, etc. Through these games, you can make a review of what they know while having fun and know each other. It is important to create dynamic groups so that everyone can interact with one another and make themselves comfortable in the class.
5. What would I like to Learn?
It is about having each student write down a sheet that is what they would like to learn, what they expect from the class, how they would like to learn it, etc. You can have a debate with the answers. You can get the details from the students to understand what actually they have come to the class to learn and what their expectations are. This will help build a better student teacher bonding and beneficial for both of you.