Teachers need to provide students with a safe and supportive classroom environment that facilitates active participation and engagement of all students.
This information will:
- provide key ideas for facilitating a supportive learning environment
- provide teachers with reflection points on the importance of providing a supportive learning environment.
How to create a supportive learning environment
Creating a supportive and understanding learning environment is particularly important when discussion activities deal with sensitive issues in relation to mental health and wellbeing. In order to provide a safe and engaging learning environment for students, it is important for teachers to:
- collaborate with students to develop a group agreement that sets the parameters for class discussions
- reflect on their own role in discussions - acting as a facilitator of the conversation to help to generate many viewpoints
- value all student contributions and make this known
- use a range of questioning techniques which open up discussion rather than trying to get to a quick right answer
- recognise that some students may not feel comfortable sharing
- explore ways of dealing with this such as using think, pair, share activities
- explore ways to ensure that all students get an opportunity to speak, such as using talk tickets.
- How can these tips be translated to your staffroom?
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