Building a Positive and Productive Learning Environment
Your child’s success can be hindered or facilitated by their learning environment. Building an encouraging and productive learning environment can be crucial to achieving positive outcomes. This will take time to create and many components to embed. Your child needs to feel safe and secure in risk taking and open conversation, with mutual trust and respect demonstrated.
At the start of the school year, teachers spend time getting to know their pupils so that they have an understanding of the whole child. As a parent, there is no one better that understands your child and their physical and psychological needs. Every child is different and addressing their needs will ensure a happier environment.
The learning process will take different forms in many households. Some will benefit from strict structure and routine however some will thrive in a more flexible environment. Every child has different strengths and interests also and incorporating these into resources and activities will encourage engagement and attentiveness.
Your knowledge is your strength. Adapting your methods to meet your child’s needs will see them be more attentive and happier with the learning process. You need to implement what works for you and your child however all children need structure. Although some households might be more flexible than others, it is important to have clear behaviour and academic expectations so your child knows what is expected from them. It’s essential to create a sense of order and have strong ground rules that support your methods. Your child needs to have a clear understanding of positive and negative behaviours; showing kindness, respect and fairness.
Childen have different comprehensions of what’s appropriate and what’s not. Therefore it’s important to teach children how to employ positive actions and that positive behaviour will lead to them feeling good about themselves and others. Feeling good about themselves is a powerful motivation tool and helping children change negative thoughts and behaviours into positive ones will produce positive actions and outcomes. It’s important to reinforce positive behaviour whilst not unintentionally undermining your child’s intrinsic motivation.
It can be satisfying initially for both your child and yourself to give incentives, such as gold stars, stickers, money or toys, to encourage learning and work to be done at home. However, this ‘rewarding to control’ method will lead your child to do nothing unless they receive a promised reward.
It is important to celebrate success to recognise achievement and praise their efforts but rewards should not be promised ahead of time. When a child achieves academic success or displays positive behaviours they will be filled with endorphins and feelings of proficiency. Discuss this intrinsic motivation; talk to your child about what they have learnt and what will help them achieve their next successes. Ensure the emphasis is on the effort and learning rather than the reward.
By implementing these strategies, you’ll hopefully be able to create a positive learning environment that fosters improved performance, whilst developing your child’s social and emotional wellbeing. Have a good day everyone. Please let us know how you get on and feedback within the group.