A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students (or pupils) under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools.

The school is also considered as a learning environment, meaning that every activity that goes on, or going on in the school environment should gear towards equipping the learners with the knowledge, ideas and the requisite information needed to chart new courses and solve societal problems.
This can only be achieved through the recognition of the need to create a health school/learning environment. Creating a healthy  learning environment boils down to factors like creating a sense of belonging, building relationships, setting clear expectations, staying relevant and  being positive.

Creating a sense of belonging

Your school or your classroom should be that which creates a sense of belonging. School owners and teachers, above all, should ensure that their students have that feeling of “I belong here” anytime they are in the school environment. Let everything that the school represent or do, give the students a feeling that they are welcomed and valued.

Building relationships

The need for school owners and teachers to constantly build relationships with their students (pupils) cannot be overemphasized. 

Research has shown that strong and positive teacher student relationship foresters or increases the speed of learning in the school environment. Simple techniques like, calling your students by their names, learning about their interest, coming early and staying up later to chat, teaching less and interacting more , makes the school more engaging and less tensed.

Set clear expectations

Define and set clear expectations for your students from the beginning. One of the most effective ways to make this happen is by including your students in the planning process from the beginning, that way they know what is expected of them and that which the teacher or school owner should do.

Staying relevant

You will have a more engaging learning environment when materials and teaching styles is geared towards the learning needs and goals of the learners. Ensure that both the curriculum and the style of delivery matches with the needs and expectations of the learners, that way, you will get their undivided attention.

Be positive

Creating a positive learning environment starts with the school owner/ teachers. It’s important that the teacher encourages smiling in the classroom by always exhibiting a cheerful attitude. A healthy learning environment is that which is built on love, laughter and a feeling that everyone is part of the system.

The careful application of these simple but important concepts by school owners and teachers is a prerequisite for shaping and building a healthy learning environment in our different schools.


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