There are various things that a classroom teacher can do to succeed in a classroom environment. But sometimes, the trick lies in the environment as well. To facilitate learning, especially of young children who may be more sensitive to the environment, it is the classroom teacher’s responsibility to create one that is conducive to learning. This involves every aspect of a classroom, from what can be seen or heard to how a child will feel when he enters the room. Most classroom teachers typically decorate their classrooms with attractive educational materials. These materials work in many ways. As long as the materials are neatly placed, they will do much to enhance the classroom environment. And the educational aspect will also help motivate and stimulate the students.
Aside from things that can be seen, the emotional effects of a classroom environment also matter a lot. One strategy that most classroom teachers have successfully used is to treat the classroom like a home, and the entire class as family. This can improve the way a student feels when he or she walks into the room. This is also especially helpful for younger children who will feel more comfortable in a homey classroom setting than in a rather stiff one. They will also look forward to going to school and spending time with other members of the classroom family. Some classroom teachers also take it yet another step forward by assigning roles to students.
Assigning roles is another pretty common strategy for classroom teachers. Roles can be both fun to play for children and highly motivating as well. Most teachers assign leadership roles, or assign temporary assistant roles. Children will be motivated to study harder so they can be chosen for the roles.
Another truth about classroom management is that rewards do work. Although some rewards may not necessarily work for all ages, the whole concept of rewards is a very effective motivational skill for students. The teachers just have to find the right reward to offer depending on the age and characters of the students.
No matter how effective those strategies may be, students’ attention and interest will eventually wane. That is an unavoidable fact. Classroom teachers should be flexible so they can switch moves when the existing strategies in place are just not working anymore. Aside from knowing when to change strategies, a classroom teacher should also know when a little creativity is due. Nowadays, classroom teachers have even more options when it comes to creative techniques for teaching. It is important that a classroom teacher familiarize himself with what the students like and try to incorporate such things into the classroom. Classroom teachers should also use technology, which is a subject that catches the special interest of kids nowadays. There are plenty of technology-based and interactive teaching materials and resources that teachers can use.
A classroom is a ripe learning environment, not only for kids, but for classroom teachers as well.