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HO W T O C REA TE A P O SIT IV E L E A RN IN G

EN VIR O NM EN T

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E D U CATIO N A N D S T U DEN TS ( / S U BJE C T/E D U CATIO N-A N D-S T U DEN TS) ,

W ORKIN G ( / S U BJE C T/W ORKIN G) ,T EA C H IN G T IP S ( / S U BJE C T/T EA C H IN G-T IP S)

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I t h in k t h at w e c a n a ll r e la te t o s it tin g i n a c la ss t r y in g n ot t o n od o ff o r l is te n in g t o a n

in str u cto r w ho i s b ril lia n t i n a p artic u la r f ie ld b ut w ho h as n o a b il it y t o e n ga ge

stu d en ts . A s a d ult l e a rn ers t h is i s o ft e n s o m eth in g t h at w e c a n o ve rc o m e t h ro u gh s e lf –

m otiv a tio n . W e c a n b e m otiv a te d b y g en uin e i n te re st i n t h e s u b je ct o r b y t h e u rg e t o

g et e n ou gh c re d it s t o g ra d uate – e it h er w ay w ork s.

Y o u n ger s tu d en ts , h ow eve r, o ft e n d o n ot h ave a h ig h d eg re e o f s e lf – m otiv a tio n – t h ey

a re i n y o u r c la ss, m ost l ik e ly , b eca u se t h eir p are n ts e n ro lle d t h em . I n t h ese t y p es o f

ca se s i t i s u p t o y o u , t h e t e a ch er, t o c re a te a p osit iv e c la ssro om e n vir o n m en t t h at i s

g o in g t o e n ga ge a n d m otiv a te y o u r s tu d en ts e xte rn ally .

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W RIT E F O R U S

Wan t t o w rit e a b lo g o r a rtic le s f o r u s?

J o in a g ro w in g c o m mun it y o f

co n tr ib ute rs a n d s h are y o u r w ork w it h

u s.

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The b ene ts o f a p osit iv e c la ssro om e nvir o nm ent

Cre a tin g a p osit iv e l e a rn in g e n vir o n m en t i n y o u r c la ssro om w il l a llo w y o u r s tu d en ts t o

fe e l c o m fo rta b le , s a fe a n d e n ga ged – s o m eth in g t h at a ll s tu d en ts d ese rv e . I n a

c la ssro om w here v a lu es a n d r o le s r e m ain c o n sta n t a n d f o cu s i s p la ce d o n t h e p osit iv e

a sp ects o f l e a rn in g, s tu d en ts w il l b e m ore o p en t o a ctiv e ly p artic ip atin g i n c la ss.

If t h ey a re g iv e n t h e o p portu n it y t o b eco m e r e sp on sib le f o r t h eir o w n l e a rn in g, s tu d en ts

w il l b e m ore l ik e ly t o b en efit f r o m t h e l e sso n , a n d t h us m ore l ik e ly t o b e s e lf – m otiv a te d .

Th is s h ou ld b e a p rim ary g o al f o r a ll t e a ch ers , s in ce l a ck o f m otiv a tio n i s o ft e n t h e r o ot

of d is c ip lin ary i s su es.

W hat is a p osit iv e c la ssro om e nvir o nm ent?

A n um ber o f f a cto rs c o n tr ib ute t o a p osit iv e l e a rn in g e n vir o n m en t f o r y o u r s tu d en ts .

T h re e o f t h e m ost i m porta n t o n es a re :

C ore Id eals

E ach t e a ch er w il l h ave d if fe re n t s ta n d ard s a n d v a lu es i n t h e c la ssro om , b ut t h e o n ly

u n iv e rs a lly i m porta n t e le m en t i s t h at t h ese r e m ain c o n sis te n t s o t h at s tu d en ts k n ow

w hat t o e xp ect a n d w hat i s e xp ecte d o f t h em .

It i s i m porta n t t h at y o u r s tu d en ts k n ow t h at t h eir s i s a n i n clu siv e , r e sp ectfu l,

c o m m un it y -o rie n te d e n vir o n m en t. T o b uil d c o m mun it y a n d a n i n clu siv e a tm osp here i n

t h e c la ssro o m , o n e i d ea i s t o i n vo lv e s tu d en ts i n t a kin g a tte n d an ce , u sin g p hoto s o f

ea ch s tu d en t a s a s u p p le m en t t o t h e b orin g o ld ‘ H ER E’ s ty le o f a tte n d an ce -t a kin g –

c h eck o u t t h e f o llo w in g l in k f o r a b it m ore d eta il a n d p ut y o u r o w n t w is t o n

it :  h tt p :/ /w ww .a to zte a ch ers tu ff.c o m /p ages/5 78.s h tm l

(h ttp :/ / w ww.a to zte a ch ers tu ff.c o m /p ages/5 78.s h tm l)

I t i s a ls o i m porta n t t o r e m em ber t h at, m ore t h an a n yth in g e ls e , s tu d en ts w il l e m ula te

y o u r a ctio n s i n t h e c la ssro om . T h ere fo re , i t i s v e ry i m porta n t t o w ork w ell w it h in y o u r

co m m un it y – w it h y o u r p artn er t e a ch ers a s w ell a s o th er m em bers o f t h e s ta ff.

A m bie nce

Th is i s a n e xtr e m ely i m porta n t – a n d f u n – p art o f c re a tin g a p osit iv e l e a rn in g

en vir o n m en t. Y o u r c la ssro om s h ou ld b e a d yn am ic a n d e n ga gin g p la ce t o b e f o r y o u r

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stu d en ts . W hat w ou ld y o u t h in k i f y o u w alk e d i n to a n e le m en ta ry c la ssro om w it h

n oth in g o n t h e w alls ? W eir d … .

So h ave f u n , b ut k e ep y o u r d éco r r e la te d t o b oth y o u r p artic u la r s tu d en ts a n d t o t h e

to p ic b ein g t a u gh t. I n a n E S L c la ssro om , k e e p in g i t r e la te d t o t h e s u b je ct m atte r i s

p re tty e a sy , s in ce a lm ost a n yth in g i n E n glis h c o u n ts , b ut k e ep in g i t r e la te d t o y o u r

stu d en ts r e q uir e s t h at y o u k n ow a b it a b ou t t h em .

If y o u a re a ffo rd ed y o u r o w n c la ssro om , t h is i s m uch e a sie r t h an i f y o u h ave t o g o f r o m

cla ss t o c la ss – a lt h ou gh i t ’s s til l p ossib le . I n y o u r o w n c la ssro om , r e se rv e a p ortio n o f

th e w all f o r e a ch c la ss t h at y o u t e a ch . T h is a llo w s t h em t o f e el t h at t h ey b elo n g i n t h e

cla ssro om . Y o u c a n a ls o u se t h e w alls t o r e -e n fo rc e y o u r c o re i d ea ls , s u ch a s

co m m un it y , b y p ostin g p hoto s o f s tu d en ts , g ro u p p hoto s a n d s tu d en t w ork .

If y o u h ave t o m ove f r o m r o om t o r o om , h ave a p orta b le p oste r f o r e a ch g ro u p y o u

te a ch , a n d t h is w il l e sta b lis h a s im il a r s e n se o f b elo n gin g. K eep t h eir p ast p ro je cts s o

th at t h ey k n ow t h at t h eir w ork i s v a lu ed .

An oth er a sp ect o f a m bie n ce i n t h e c la ssro om i s h ow i t i s p hysic a lly s e t u p . A ga in , t h is

s h ou ld r e fle ct y o u r c o re i d ea ls . D esk s a rra n ged i n r o w s d oes n ot a llo w f o r a v e ry

c o m m un al a tm osp here , s o y o u m ay w an t t o c o m e i n j u st b efo re y o u r c la ss a n d

re a rra n ge t h e d esk s i n a c ir c le , g ro u p s o r p air s . D on ’t f o rg et t o m ove t h em b ack w hen

yo u ’r e f in is h ed i n t h e r o om !

Exp ecta tio ns

If y o u e sta b lis h y o u r e xp ecta tio n s f o r s tu d en t b eh avio u r e a rly a n d k e ep t h em

co n sis te n t, y o u m ay b e a b le t o a vo id m an y c la ssro om m an agem en t i s su es.

L a yin g d ow n t h e g ro u n d r u le s e a rly i n y o u r r e la tio n sh ip w it h a c la ss i s q uin te sse n tia l t o

y o u r s u cce ss a s a t e a ch er. I n vo lv e y o u r s tu d en ts i n t h is t o b e s u re t h at t h ey a re a w are o f

th e r u le s a n d t h e c o n se q uen ce s. T h is i s a n oth er g re a t w ay t o a d d t o t h e a m bie n ce o f

yo u r c la ssro om – p ost t h e g ro u n d r u le s a n d a lw ays l e a n t o w ard s p osit iv e , r a th er t h an

n eg a tiv e , r e -e n fo rc e m en t o f t h em . P ostin g s o m eth in g o n t h e w all w hen a s tu d en t

d oesn ’t f o ll o w t h e r u le s w il l l ik e ly a ffe ct t h e e n tir e c la ss i n a n eg a tiv e w ay, b ut p ostin g

so m eth in g f o r e a ch s tu d en t t h at d id a d here t o t h e r u le s w il l d o t h e o p posit e .

R ela tiv it y

T h e r o le o f t h e t e a ch er g o es b oth w ays – y o u a re r e sp on sib le f o r i m partin g k n ow le d ge

to y o u r s tu d en ts , b ut y o u w il l b e a m ore s u cce ssfu l t e a ch er i f y o u a ls o a llo w y o u rs e lf t o

le a rn f r o m t h em a s w ell. T h is i s p artic u la rly t r u e w hen y o u a re t e a ch in g E S L i n a f o re ig n

co u n tr y . Y o u r s tu d en ts c a n t e a ch y o u m ult it u d es a b ou t t h eir c u lt u re .

Le a rn in g a b ou t y o u r s tu d en ts w il l a llo w y o u t o k e ep t h e m ate ria l a n d c la ssro om

activ it ie s r e la tiv e t o t h eir i n te re sts . I t a u gh t i n S o u th K ore a d urin g t h e W orld C up , s o a n

ea sy – a n d u su ally a cc u ra te – d efa u lt f o r m e w as s o cce r. T ea ch in g a d if fic u lt c o n ce p t

w it h a t o p ic t h at y o u r s tu d en ts a re i n te re ste d i n w il l r e su lt i n a h ig h er r a te o f r e te n tio n .

T he W ra p U p

Puttin g t o geth er a c la ssro om w it h t h e a b ove i d ea s i n m in d w il l c re a te a n e n vir o n m en t

w here y o u r s tu d en ts w il l t h riv e . T h ey w il l f e e l i n vo lv e d a n d r e sp on sib le f o r t h eir o w n

le a rn in g a s w ell a s b ein g c o m fo rta b le e n ou gh t o a ctiv e ly p artic ip ate i n i n d iv id ual a n d

gro u p a ctiv it ie s. Y o u r p osit iv e r e -e n fo rc e m en t w il l a llo w t h em t o b uil d s e lf – e ste em a n d

b e m ore s u cce ssfu l s tu d en ts , w hic h o f c o u rs e , m ake s y o u a s u cce ssfu l t e a ch er!

T im e t o u se t h ese s k ills :

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Now t h at y o u k n ow a b ou t h ow t o c re a te a p osit iv e l e a rn in g e n vir o n m en t, w hy d on ‘t y o u

go o u t a n e xp lo re t h e te a ch in g j o b s ( h ttp :/ /w ww.f o otp rin ts re cru it in g.c o m /jo b s) t h at w e h ave ?

Yo u c o u ld p ut t h ese s k il ls t o u se i n a c la ssro om i n t h e c o u n tr y o f y o u r d re a m s.

(h ttp :/ /w w w.f o otp rin ts re cru it in g .c o m /te ach in g –

jo b s-a b ro ad )

D is c o ve r m ore

If y o u ‘v e f o u n d t h is b lo g a rtic le i n te re stin g, w e i n vit e y o u t o e xp lo re t h e o th er a rtic le s

th at w e h ave i n o u r b lo g s e ctio n ( h ttp :/ /w ww.f o otp rin ts re cru it in g.c o m /te a ch er-c o m mun it y /b lo g) t o

fin d o th er a m azin g t e a ch in g t ip s a n d s to rie s o f o u r t e a ch ers .

R EC O M MEN DED : 

4 W AYS T O F O ST ER C LA SSR O OM C O M MUN IC ATIO N ( IN E N GLIS H )! ( / T EA C H ER –

CO M MUN IT Y/B LO G/4 -W AYS -F O ST ER -C LA SSR O OM -C O M M UN IC ATIO N-E N GLIS H )

T EA C H IN G F A SH IO N T W O-S EN SE ( / T EA C H ER -C O M MUN IT Y/B LO G/T EA C H IN G-F A SH IO N-T W O-S EN SE)

B LO GGER L O GIN A PPLY S E A RC H

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