(The physical setting) What can we do to provide a cheerful place for
learning? How should we utilize the available space most efficiently?
(The emotional setting) Some children groups know each other, are friendly
and cooperative, and enjoy working together. Others suffer conflict, nagging
attitudes, competitive actions and overall tension. These benefit more from:
attention: a smaller student-teacher ratio. Love all children regardless of
Learning to work
together in small groups. Encourage children to help one another.
Discussing feelings of
others in response to one’s actions: Discuss the meaning of “kindness to one
another” and “the unity and edification of the Body of Christ”.
Providing an atmosphere
of clear rules and quietly enforcing them: Set guidelines for inter-personal
actions. Praise positive behavior and task accomplishments.
Social and Cultural Norms:
Different norms can produce children with different value systems and
various intellectual abilities. Any child can be an achiever and learn. Some
may take a little longer, but all have the capacity to learn.
How can you alter your classroom to