|Socrates's 'stance' was clear -is yours?|
Robert Fried, in his excellent book 'The Passionate Teacher', writes about how teachers need to create an atmosphere that makes the students want to be their rooms.
To create a positive learning environment Fried writes that teachers need to satisfy their students basic needs for:
1 Belonging - a feeling it is their class.
2 Identity - that they are recognized as individuals.
3 Empowerment- that they feel they are improving
4 Responsibility to make choices and set own goals.
5 Fun and enjoyment.
Good advice for principals as well?
|Every class/school develops its own culture.|
When these needs are fulfilled you have a 'learning community'.
The below is a stance of a teacher quoted in Fried's book:
- 'You are my students and I respect each and every one of you. I'm going to work very hard to help you respect yourselves, each other, and respect me.
- I care to much about you to let you get away from doing anything but your best - I will help each of you the best I can.
- I believe you all have talents that nobody has found out about yet - I want to help you discover them and help you build on talents you bring with you.
- I want to help you develop all the skills you need to do your best work'.
Have your students in small groups discuss the below. To add fun have half the class think of teacher behaviours that turn students off or student behaviours that upset teachers..
What bits of school do they really like/ dislike?
Complete this attitudinal survey to gather 'data' of attitudes/mind-sets students bring about the various learning areas to your class? This might be the most important thing you do to improve your programmes!!