Creating a positive classroom environment in which students are enthusiastic about learning can be crucial to the student’s overall learning success. By establishing both personal goals for each student based on their own needs, learning style, strengths and abilities while also creating group and class goals can be a great motivating factor to make learning fun.
Effective classroom management by the educator helps students with a variety of strengths to focus and set measurable goals on a large and small scale. SMART is a great tool to use to help your students create their goals.
Relevant, Realistic, Rigorous and Results Focused
Timely and Trackable
Analyze Classroom Data
Meet with each student individually and look at their strengths and challenges as it relates to the other students within that environment.
Help the student to create goals for themself to attain long-term, as well as short term goals, breaking down the school year by weeks at a time to show them how they can progress and learn, week by week. Be sure to focus on their strengths, encouraging them to capitalize on the ways in which they seem to learn the best.
Create a Goal-Setting Tracker
While every student learns differently, they are also motivated differently. When establishing individual goals with each student, it is important to create individualized goal-trackers. Some students prefer bright colored charts with stickers or stars, depending on their age or maturity, while other students are digitally motivated and are excited by an online tracking system.
Celebrate Student Success
Depending on the personality of the student, celebrating their success can be done in a wide variety of ways. Regardless of what that celebration may entail, the most important thing to remember is that when a student meets their goal, they are recognized and praised accordingly.
Some students prefer individual attention by the educator, while others may want to seek recognition from their peers or family. Here are a few examples of ways in which you can celebrate a student and their goal-meeting:
Hang up the accomplished goal-tracker sheet in the classroom for all of the peers to see and praise.
Offer rewards such as one-on-one lunch in the classroom with the teacher, homework rewards or extra credit.
Send a special note home or email their family with the student’s accomplishment as the sole subject.
Introduce Fun Classroom Traditions
One way to immediately create a fun and exciting environment of learning is to begin the first day of school with an activity that your group of students will do once a month, once a season, once a semester, or upon the completion of a group goal.
Here are some fun ideas that you can implement in the classroom to engage your students and get them excited to be in your classroom:
Create a measuring wall to track the growth of each student as the year goes on.
Film a video diary of each student on the first day of each month telling a little story or a joke. If the students are shy at first, you can create group diaries to help them to feel more comfortable.
Make a time capsule the first week of school to be opened on the last week of school, where every student contributes and feels like they are a necessary part of the project.
Build a birthday chart with the students as a group, making sure to celebrate those students with birthdays in the summer months before the end of the school year.
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