A safe classroom environment with clear principles and set of rules also help educators to manage sensitive discussion in the best possible way.
When it comes to delivering a lesson that deals with a sensitive subject, it is important to provide your students with a safe and secure learning environment. In a safe classroom, students are free to be themselves and better able to learn things more effectively. It helps them feel confident and share their thoughts, attitude, and values without the fear of the negative response from fellow students. Moreover, a safe classroom environment with clear principles and set of rules also help educators to manage sensitive discussion in the best possible way.
There are so many things that teachers can do for creating a safe classroom environment and some of them are listed below here.
1- Set Clear Classroom Rules and Boundaries
With the help of your students, set clear classroom rules. The start of the semester or school year is the best time to do so. Sit down among your students and have a discussion to draw up rules together by being on the same page with them. Students are more likely to follow the classroom rules they had a hand in setting up. Also, let your students know why the rules are important and how they can help in creating a safe learning environment. Once you have a clear set of rules for your classroom, write them down on big posters and glue them around in the class at a noticeable place.
2- Develop their Understanding Skills
If some of your students are unkind to others, ask them to be kind to fellow students. You can help them understand the bad effects of their behavior by asking how they would feel in case something similar happen to them. Encourage them to be polite with others and help them develop skills like understanding others and self-examination.
3- Organize Group Exercises
Focus on things and tasks that require your students to work together in groups or pairs. It will help you expose them to work with other students in the class. When they are able to work together, they help you build a safe and better learning environment. Make sure to place them in different groups so they can work with students owning different skills and traits.
4- Post Student Work Around in the Classroom
Ask your students to create beautiful looking posters with essays, poems, and motivational quotes and post their work on the walls of the classroom. It builds students’ ownership of the classroom and encourages them to learn more effectively. When they look around and see the work completed by them, it provides them with a higher level of confidence and better learning levels. Creating different types of posters also helps students polish their writing and designing skills.
Organize the space of your classroom for better movement and interaction with students during the lectures and lessons. Organize the physical structure of your classroom in a way that students can easily move their desks for a group work of team activities. Easier and effective movement of teachers around the class keeps students engaged. It also helps teachers a lot for better classroom control and management.
6- Recognize their Work in Different Ways
Along with putting the students’ work on the walls of the classroom, recognizing their achievements and efforts is a great way to boost their confidence. Having a student stand up in the classroom and acknowledging his/her good work, improvement or achievement encourages others to do the same. It gives them an ultimate confidence boost and makes them work harder in days to come. Student recognition in the classroom is one of the best motivators to the whole class an inspires them to do best in the classroom and exams as well.
7- Ask them to Write on the Board
If you really want to involve students in your lectures, ask them to write on the board for you. It is a great way to develop basic writing skills and boost confidence. It also saves your time so you can deliver the lecture more attentively. Writing on the board in front of other students builds self-assurance and inspires them to monitor their behavior while doing so.
8- Laugh Often with your Students
Learning doesn’t have to be serious always. Give your students a reason to laugh and join them to make them feel relax and comfortable. Laughing together with your students not only make the classroom environment comfortable but also helps students ease learning stress and other tensions while in the class.