“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
As a new school year is about to begin, it is important that as teachers we remember and reflect on how essential it is to form a positive classroom community starting the first day of school. In order to support students’ growth, development and future academic success, it is essential that we create an environment that is conducive to learning. A positive classroom community is one where students exercise mutual respect, form strong relationships with each other, feel safe and accepted, and develop a sense of belonging in the classroom. In order to create this type of community, one of the things that we must be very mindful about at all times is that everything begins with us.
Teachers are the ones responsible for establishing a positive atmosphere in the classroom. We need to set the example with our actions, and we must always remember that students feed from our emotions, attitudes and enthusiasm. Sometimes, without us even noticing, we carry within ourselves a huge static that is constantly getting in the way of us being able to truly communicate with our students and understand their true needs. Before this school year begins, and throughout the school year, make sure you take care of your true self. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and intellectually, finding that balance within yourself will lead you to truly discover who you are, not only as a person but also as a professional.
This balance will result in giving you the wisdom to lead your students to discover their own authentic selves. You are the motivation and role model your students like and want to follow. Never forget to choose your words wisely, think positively, and be understanding. I can assure you, students will follow your lead, and they will become a true reflection of who you are as a teacher.