Teachers’ Guide to a Healthy Classroom


 
Aparajita Srivastav | Teacher, Sunbeam School, Lahartara
Aparajita Srivastav has been in the teaching profession for over a decade, and is a CENTA TPO (High school biology, in 2016) qualified teacher. She has other awards to her credit and has been writing articles regularly for national magazines.

 

 


Teaching is a profession which does magic by words, constructs by phrases and reforms by expressions. Discourses by the teachers frame the character entities of the students. Whatever we say and portray becomes the verdict for them. Although it is difficult to always speak in a particular tone, the choice of words, actions and expression make an ever-lasting impact on the minds of children.

Verbal skills are important tools in the hands of teachers. Maturity in this respect comes with age and experience. Although a self-controlled individual will react more prudently to a situation as compared to others, a check on one’s reaction is extremely important to overrule the situation. Following certain critical control points can help regulate our verbal and non-verbal impulses. They are-
  • Elude Predispositions
Dodging our preconceived notions about a class or a student is the key to see the class with a different perspective. Being hypercritical, just by engrossing into a discussion with a colleague, should not be a reason behind framing an opinion. On the contrary, real life situations should be dealt with calmness and sensitivity.
  • Being Empathetic
It is extremely imperative to understand that children understand things with respect to their age and not with respect to the teachers or peers. They are impulsive and tend to overreact most of the times. This moment is for us to be calm, where we just need to listen without being decisive. Children want to be listened to and not to be judged. Neither do they want to be compared or analysed. A healthy and unbiased interactive session with the students is an effortless way to establish rapport with them.
  • Code of Conduct
The behavioural attributes of a teacher directly reflect in the behaviour of the students. Children are keen observers and learn by doing so. They tend to compare adult behaviour with vocal instructions, so we need to be very vigilant when we are communicating with them.
  • Teacher-to-Teacher Talk
Another vivid discussion in school premises is amongst the teachers. Greetings amongst colleagues, an exchange of smile, a word of encouragement, etc. does wonders in establishing the culture of the school. Our interpersonal communication is minutely noticed by the students. They frame opinions accordingly and hence, it is important to have an optimistic and supportive approach towards each other.
  • Parent-Teacher Communication
Formal communication with the parents happens during the parent-teacher meetings. The way we give the feedback about the student’s behaviour is directly linked to the way they behave afterwards. The most negative feedback given in a positive way, with reinforcement and support, will surely inspire the children to improve. The parents will also remain hopeful and receive assurance that the child is nurtured in an affirmative environment.
As teachers, we hold the supreme role of embracing children with all odds and accepting them the way they are. Unquestionably, it is not an easy task, but with an honest intention, it is never impossible!
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of November, 2018.