My classroom speaks how I nurture my students. Even regular ed students want to remain in my classroom, which is a good thing, they said learning is fun in my classroom and they get to be rewarded for doing a good job. My classroom environment tells my students that they are achievers, competent, and successful...and they feel this way when they are with me.
Here are some tips that I got which are very effective:
- always remember the adage "Students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care". We earn respect only by showing respect; we gain trust by trusting. Develop a student-centered, rather than subject-centered, classroom
- make a conscious effort to get to know the good things about your students. Publicly and privately acknowledge their achievements outside of your class.
- communicate your expectations clearly, both for academic tasks as well as behavioral norms. Successful teachers genuinely communicate that they expect all students to succeed.
- plan lessons that offer more instructional techniques than the talking head in the classroom.
- recognize, encourage, and reinforce positive behaviors and achievements.
- don't be afraid to smile. A gentle smile conveys warmth, acceptance, and caring.
- never use sarcasm or ridicule when talking to students. It accomplishes nothing permanently positive.
- find special occassions to celebrate. Let students decorate the bulletin board or post their excellent works themselves.
- don't be afraid to make learning fun. I can be a vampire, or Mrs. Santa Claus on occassions.
- publicize your students' successes to the the entire school community, parents and everyone. Check out our class website: http://digitalanthology.blogspot.com/ .
- and finally: focus on your students' strengths, not their weaknesses.