Foundation is what holds everything together—metaphorically and physically. How solid your foundation is can set you up for success or failure. Here at Quantum Learning we understand this, and we constantly educate our clients on how important foundation is in the classroom.
A strong Foundation of aligned principles, beliefs, agreements, policies and rules (community) will make the teacher/student relationship run much more smoothly. While easier said than done, there are many ways you can build a strong foundation each and every school year.
First Day of School
The first day of school is exciting, potentially nerve racking for the students, but most importantly, it’s where you can start to establish that strong foundation. Letting your students know the rules and beliefs you have set in your classroom will set a strong foundation from day one.
As soon as your students set foot in your classroom they are already getting a sense of who you are as a teacher. Is your classroom inviting? Does your room have posters and colorful pictures as opposed to stark white walls? A good Atmosphere helps to create a strong foundation.
When you have a strong foundation, classroom management is much easier. Incorporating an atmosphere of engaging traditions and other strategies will help create a sense of belonging and safety, focus attention and motivate students to increase participation in learning.
How are you designing your curriculum? Are you putting in enough student engagement? How many times have you sat in a class and the teacher/professor was lecturing—not engaging you? Coming up with creative ways to Design a lesson can make the difference in your students’ engagement.
Verbal and Non-verbal Communication
As you probably know, there are two types of communication—verbal and non-verbal. You could be teaching the most important information of the year, but if you aren’t energetic in your voice, or if you’re yawning the entire lesson, you could lose your students’ attention. Your Delivery is everything.
The way you set up the physical space that supports the classroom culture can enhance learning. The ideal classroom Environment is inviting, comfortable, and stimulating. Because everything in the classroom sends a message about what is important, the environment is purposefully constructed with the use of plants, lighting, décor, furniture arrangement, content-related and inspirational posters, and student-generated work.
- a strong Foundation of aligned principles, beliefs, agreements, policies and rules (community)
- an empowering Atmosphere of trust, safety and a sense of belonging
- a dynamic and engaging curriculum Design and a great way to Deliver the material
- a supportive Environment that enhances the learning
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