Developing a positive environment where students can learn helps build self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment and maximises the educational experience of each student. When students have a positive attitude about going to class, they learn and retain more information. The class environment begins with you, the educator, and it is up to you to enforce the expectations of your classroom. With a little creativity and assertiveness as a teacher, creating a positive learning environment in the classroom is easy and can make the learning fun.
Get to know the students on an individual level. Have them fill out questionnaires about themselves, so you can have valuable information about each student's likes and dislikes. With this information you can create a learning environment that is beneficial for all the students in your class.
Plan group activities and discussions to encourage student interaction. After you meet each student, let the students have a chance to know each other and socialise. Allowing them to make personal connections with each other will increase positivity in discussions, activities and morale in the learning environment.
Allow your students to be involved in the classroom. Use your creativity to modify your curriculum to increase participation and interest in the subject. It provides them with a sense of ownership in the lesson and keeps them engaged throughout class time. For projects, assign a broad topic in order for them to choose a specific topic they are interested in and would have fun researching and reporting.
Establish classroom expectations and rules. As the authority figure in the classroom, you need to enforce as well as abide by the rules of the class. Your students will pick up on your habits and enforcement when it comes to your expectations and rules for the class. You need to be fair in enforcing rules, so there is no negative feelings caused by favouritism. When students follows the rules, everyone has a more positive learning experience because there are fewer distractions.
Create a comfortable setting in which your students can learn. Most students dread attending class and when your classroom reminds them of their educational solitude, it can create a negative environment. Adding beanbag chairs and couches for reading time or motivational posters to encourage them can make students more comfortable.
Allow time for creative outlet opportunities. Designate places around the classroom for students to display their work and use a curriculum that requires the students to be creative.