One thing is for sure, certainly a positive learning environment is key. With a focus on building upon a child’s strengths and encouraging them to think critically and problem solve is vital.
Children tend to learn better and want to learn when they are in a positive learning environment. A child’s learning begins to shut down when the negative comments they receive far outweighs the positive ones. When the scales are tipped too heavy in the negative direction learning begins to shut down.
Our job as parents, educators, leaders, mentors is to create the kind of environment where our kids love, love, love to learn. Showing positive regard towards our children and students is important and essential to helping them to have or develop a positive self image.
The question is how are we doing this in our classrooms today? Are we creating the kind of environment that will instill a passion and love for lifelong learning in our children?
When children are in a positive learning environment they can flourish and blossom from a seed into a flower. Just as a plant needs sunshine and nutrients to grow, so do our children.
Speaking as Mom, a home-school educator to our now 4th grader I can share with you based on my personal experience what I consider to be the 5 essential practices for creating a positive learning environment for our children.
Teachers, parents, educators, leaders and mentors we all care about the success of our children and we all want them to enjoy and have a lifelong passion for learning, we can all agree on that.
Here are 5 essential practices to creating a positive learning environment!
5 Essential Practices To Creating a Positive Learning Environment
1. Certainty – Providing certainty is important as is oxygen to breathe. When a child feels safe he or she can feel free to express themselves without being judged harshly.
2. Celebrated – Every child ought to be celebrated for his or her uniqueness. No two children are the same. Every child has his or her own unique talents, gifts and strengths that need to be encouraged.
3. Community – All children have a need to belong. To feel as though they are part of the bigger picture, the overall patchwork quilt. Each adding his or her own unique colorful patch to create the quilt.
4. Center– Every child needs to feel that they matter. That they have a unique purpose. That they are here to make their difference in their way.
5. Competence– When children develop a sense of competence their confidence rises and therefore they are willing to take more risks, to engage in activities that will allow them to stretch and grow.
What do you think creates for a positive learning environment for helping our children to develop a lifelong love and passion for learning?
Janet I Mueller is the CEO of J Mueller Group. She passionately serves and helps her clients and audiences to unlock and achieve their full potential through personal development and leadership growth, helping leaders to become excellent leaders through practice and philosophy of servant leadership. Janet is a mom, educator, executive coach, speaker and published author. Coming soon, her new book “The Blossoming – A Leader’s Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential”. http://janetimueller.com