The way we use our spaces where we work and live can determine how well we interact with others, how comfortable we feel, how flexibly we behave and ultimately, how effectively we work. We spend most of our days as teachers and leaders in a classroom, an office, or a school building. Those spaces serve as our home away from home; therefore, we need to be deliberate about how they look, feel, and work for us.
For our students this is the same. Physical environment of the classroom is very important to student success. The key importance of the physical environment is that it can affect students’ comfort and their ability to learn. Having a beautiful, workable, and flexible environment where they feel respected, safe, and valued is a necessity for best thinking, learning, and communicating. Students who are uncomfortable are unlikely to learn as well as those who are comfortable.
A schools physical environment can be improved by first analyzing the classroom environment. We need to Imagine that we are outsiders entering the classroom for the first time are the spaces peaceful, comfortable, does the classroom reflect the personalities and interests of all of the students?
Let students personalize their space. While all of us like having a special place that reflects our personal identity, a personalized space is especially important to students. Here are just a few possibilities to consider for students:
Classroom environments are extremely important for students and for teachers. The emotional environment will also affect the learning environment and how well a student receives instruction. Social and emotional well-being in the classroom and school are a necessity for students’ optimal achievement. In fact, recent research indicates a stable social and emotional school setting is a determining factor in student achievement. Creating a positive learning environment is essential for success in the classroom
Although it’s inevitable that some of our students may come from unstable environments, it is our job while they are in our schools to attend to their social and emotional well- being, not just their academic achievement. School may be the only opportunity for some students to effectively learn and experience how to be part of a community. To achieve this we need to be empathetic to another’s needs, be safe physically and psychologically, solve problems with others in mind, and consider others’ perspectives. Positive relationships among students, teachers, and peers, in which students learn to work well with others and self-manage their behaviors, can go a long way to improving students’ social and emotional awareness in multiple settings. Creating a positive learning environment is essential for success in the school.
Social and emotional well-being is also a necessity for us as educators and parents. All of us need to feel psychologically safe before we willingly take risks and speak out, give suggestions, or voice concerns in a group. Without that comfort we are much less likely to work effectively as a team.
Creating and sustaining a school culture in which conversations, professional learning, and student learning focus on academic pursuits is rare but necessary for full engagement, high achievement, and equity for all learners. With the aspect of Intellectual wellness, it encourages us to engage in creative and mentally-stimulating activities. These activities expand our knowledge and skills while allowing students to share our knowledge and skills with one another. Intellectual wellness can be developed through academics, cultural involvement, community involvement and personal hobbies. As intellectual wellness develops, students are able to develop personal resources that work together with the other realms of wellness in order to achieve a more balanced life. A Successful Learning Environment and joyful school culture determines whether or not teachers collaborate, students stay in school for a long time, if parents are comfortable to have the children there, and all members of the school community prosper