The first day in school of any student can determine his performance during all his school studies (Kelly, 2004). The first perception a student forms about a school/classroom can make him or her successful. Therefore, it is always beneficial to have a well-planned welcome for any new group of students. The following is a welcome activity meant to welcome new students. It incorporates differentiation through a growth of mindset.
Providing a safe and secure classroom climate for quality learning to occur should make every student feel safe and secure so that they can clearly express their ideas without the fear of victimization by any one (Page & Page, 2000). To ensure that a safe and secure classroom climate is achieved, the following needs to be done: a teacher needs to develop post and discuss all the rules that need to be observed by each and every student. The teacher should also make clear to the student about the disciplinary measures on violation of any of the set rules. It is also important for the teacher to treat students in a warm and respectful manner while developing positive interest in working with them. Furthermore, the teacher can discuss rewards for good performance and discipline. Besides, students should be made aware of authorities in school to whom they can channel their grievances. This is important because, in case of absence of such channels, new students may not be able to share their problems. This is detrimental in that it causes stress which later leads to poor performance.
Providing a positive learning environment is also important. To develop the student’s full potential, students must be supported and appreciated whenever possible. To enhance positive learning, the following can be done: the teacher should get to know each student and probably spend some time with them. This is important since it helps in knowing their fears and weaknesses in learning, giving positive messages and quotes and, finall,y letting students express their feelings about learning freely.
Meeting the social and emotional needs of students is another issue worth considering. Understanding social and emotional needs of students is vital in their learning process. These social and emotional needs have to be provided to students at all costs (McCarty &Siccone, 2001). In fact, the emotional and social needs have been described by some scholars as essential needs necessary for student’s education attainment. These needs are particularly valuable since most students are emotionally detached from their families. The students’ needs to see a motherly or fatherly love are present, and this can be provided by the counseling department or the class teacher.
Fostering a sense of student ownership can encourage learning process. According to constructivism learning, ownership of the learning process should be felt by the student. Students need to feel a sense owning the process. The new students should be made aware that the role of the teacher is only that of guidance and, therefore, they should generate any particular solution to a problem in class. Ownership can be enhanced by rewarding the best student so as to generate competition among the students.
Creating empathy towards students helps to create good relations. Understanding the students’ feeling is also important as it helps in knowing and predicting the behavior of the students. It is important to know why a student is frustrated, upset or angry. This sense of care makes the student feel appreciated. It is beneficial to let the student tell you how they feel but not you telling them how they should feel. You can create empathy by maintaining that close relationship. This allows close monitoring of a student’s feelings and noticing when things are not working out.
Providing students with opportunities to succeed is really vital. It is every student’s dream to become successful. Giving them a good chance to realize their dream will make them remain focused. One way of providing this chance is by getting to know each and every student’s strengths and weaknesses. It is also necessary to identify any potential talent that a student may have. Those talented in sports can be motivated to put more effort and practice. This will increase the chances of such student to become successful in his or her life. Students’ success can be enhanced by activities such as talent exploration programs.
Eliminating students’ fear of failure and humiliation helps to motivate them towards learning. At the back of many students’ mind, there is always a doubtful thought of whether they will succeed in life or not. This may lead to humiliation. If unchecked, it can bring about low self- esteem of students which is detrimental. The best way to eliminate this kind of fear is to help students think more positively instilling confidence in them by letting them know that they can make it and finally help them set realistic goals or points in the classroom.
In my former classroom, there were rigid rules that all the students had to follow. This enhanced discipline was translated into good performance by almost all students. The students were also called on an equitable manner which meant that only students who performed well got admitted. During admission, the teacher greeted us personally which I saw as a good expression or kindness. As a teacher, I will ensure that I have a personal contact with my students so as to promote student responsibilities, self-awareness thus enhancing their learning.