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Teachers’ Guide: Improving the Classroom Environment

Teachers need to overcome a lot of difficulties in the classroom. They may face problem students, lack of funding, and more in the classroom. They need to face these problems head-on if they want to optimize the school year. If you’re the teacher then you know it takes a lot of courage to keep the classroom going. Here are common challenges in the classroom and how you can address them.

Classroom Furniture

The classroom should be an ideal place for learning. Even the furniture it uses is vital for students. You need durable pieces so you and your students can finish lessons without interruption. These pieces should be apt for their respective users. Younger students need smaller chairs, for instance. Talk to your principal about options for a floor chair. Choose the ones that can take the weight of students. You should also consider the comfort factor of these chairs.

Promoting Harmony in Your Students

Some students are aggressive. They provoke their classmates by arguing with them. Still, remember to hold your ground to pacify a heated argument. Try to be calm even when you’re losing patience. Turn the argument into a venue for learning. Encourage other students to share what they can about misunderstandings.

You may also want to talk to the student who caused the commotion after class. Some students are troublesome, but others have emotional distress. This is why they always look for arguments. You can help them conquer their stress if you know some strategies.

Student Involvement

Is there a student who likes to take over the classroom? Being proactive is all right, but not at the expense of others. The classroom should be a friendly environment for everyone. Everyone must be able to express themselves and learn. Encourage everyone to take part in classroom discussions. Do this without looking like you’re targeting your talkative student.

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Lack of Participation in Students

If there are overactive students, there are also those who don’t like to take part. You’ll need a different strategy for this one. Stanford University’s Teaching Commons suggests calling each student by their name. Provide a safe place for all since some are more sensitive. You should keep it light even in times when you need to correct them.

Some students are quiet because they feel like they aren’t smart enough. Take this chance to be their guiding force. Help them find something they’re good at. When they do, help them hone those skills.

Students Who Have Lots of Excuses

Students will never run out of excuses if they don’t like learning. You can offer some flexibility, but be cautious about it. Be clear about penalties for absences and assignments. Give some grace periods, but put in place penalty rules when necessary. You should also check if they’re telling the truth. Talk to them when they’re only making excuses to go somewhere else.

Often, your students will try to irritate you. They like to see if you’ll be there in the long run. Student actions are different depending on the situations they are in. Try to be there for them when you can. It’s possible they only want to know who will be there for them. Be that person while still taking care of your well-being.