5 Things Teachers Say to Create a Supportive Classroom

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It often happens that we tend to commit some or either mistake, as obviously we are all humans and not robots. The whole year, be it a student or teacher, committing a mistake is quite normal. Some students are really difficult to handle, as they take a dig at the loopholes or the mistakes one makes. It is just not about being a teacher, but this problem is created for all the people they meet, thus, you need to make yourself strong against these circumstances. In these situations, supporting students should not slip off your routine.

Being adaptive to this and being encouraging in front of them is something that helps a lot. There can be so many things you can do to make yourself confident in front of the class. The idea is to be deliberate and reflective about how you use language. Start by visualizing frequent classroom scenarios that need strategic language use—for example, giving stern feedback after significant student work or discussing academic or behavioral struggles—and mentally go through your responses to ensure you hit the proper notes. Let see through this blog what can be done, to make themselves and the class supportive.

Believe In Students 

This common yet very empowering phrase which says – “I believe in you”, has magic on the students and anyone to whoever it is said. These words put an encouraging and thoughtful impression on the person and will surely try maintaining the trust. It is really good to make students positive, while they are down. Also, studies have suggested that students have been doing double the extra work due to the faith and trust shown in them. 

Valuing Students Presence 

When you say, that “your presence was missed”, or things like “we missed you ”, for the students absent from the class shows that the student has got some important place in the class which matters to the teacher and the class as well. This gesture will let the student take part in the class effectively, and will also refrain him or her from thinking about the fact that the teacher is concerned about them, rather than he or she is questioning or prying on them. This builds a significant bond and will make the student love the subject and take a keen interest in the class. 

Listening To Students 

Using phrases like “I am listening to you”, or “Please go ahead, we are listening to you”, or “we want your opinion”, makes the students prompt in taking part in discussions with enthusiasm. The community’s experienced educators are eager to caution their colleagues not to rush to fill the silence. Avoid speaking right after an “I’m going to listen,” and instead match the phrase with body language—for example, eye contact if the child is open to it—that encourages them to plug the gap and say what they’re thinking. These behavioral aspects are great and will help students feel comfortable in questioning. 

Comfort With Mistakes

Offer yourself some grace while you’ve made mistakes. Acceptance and moving on rather than overlapping the things with excuses is something that makes a negative impact on students. Thus, acceptance in the form such as “Oh, need to change this”, or “I made a mistake here”, can be positively taken by the students. Also, they’ll feel that the mistakes are part of life and can be made by anyone, irrespective of any age, identity. Academic growth usually requires failure, even if mistakes aren’t the end goal. Therefore, actively defying the stigma regarding an academic error by declaring “I made an error,” in whichever form you like, should be a regular occurrence in your class.

Appraisal For Improvement

Every learner seeks appraisal for their progress. As the efforts are put in, seek validation and also a constant boost. This helps the person progress more and make long strides. Phrases such as “you can do it”, or “I have a lot of expectation from you”; “you are doing great”, “I can see improvement”, all such acknowledgments make students realize that you are positively seeing their work. Thus, a moment of praise will be making a student’s morals go high and be what they have thought of. It is a good move to accomplish their dreams and has a good interest in the subject. 

Bottom Line 

Solid teacher-student relationships are crucial for learning to take place. It inculcates mutual respect and happiness when the teacher’s behavior regularly demonstrates equity among students. As a result, students are more likely to participate and perform as a group. Students’ equality and timely appreciation can be considered as examples of this.

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