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Positive Learning Environments

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What builds
a Positive Learning Environment?
Good Relationships
Do your best to learn and USE learner's names from the first day
Encourage learners to interact with you and with each other
You may be tempted to jump right into content, but take your time and create individual relationships that last and build a community for your learners.
Clear Communication
Be consistent with the expectations stated in your syllabus.
a) announcement b) a relevant current event c) a funny antidote d) a reflective, general question introducing the topic of the day
Begin every class with a brief "grounding":
Provide closure with every lesson
Trust
Allow your learners to make decisions - ask for their input frequently
Ensure there is a feeling of safety and trust
Have a positive attitude towards learners
Put your trust in technology
Let the learners know you want them to be successful
Accept learners and respect individual values
Trust yourself
Involve the learners in decisions
Give constructive feedback and encourage risk taking
Role for the Educator
Utilize opportunities, take responsibility and effectively manage their own learning
Be enthusiastic and actively participate
Provide educators with constructive feedback
Role for the Learner
Pros
Positive classrooms are essential for the following reasons:
a)  it increases learner engagement b)  it creates a safe discursive environment c)  it encourages learner collaboration and participation
Cons
Some of the dangers of not building a positive learning environment may include: a)  not allowing learners to have the best learning experience      they can have b)  learners may become disheartened and lose interest c)  learners may become unmotivated to learn d)  low enthusiasm e)  poor attendance f)  lack of learner success
References: https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/system/files/AaE-INTRO-ARTICLE1_0.pdf https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/32-strategies-building-positive-learning-environment http://teaching.colostate.edu/tips/tip.cfm?tipid=136 PIDP3250 forum discussion Created by Ellen Strelaeff for PIDP3250