This is the second part on creating a safe and engaging learning space.
Here are some further practical ideas which can contribute to the students’ sense of safety in class and encourage creative learning.
Be the same teacher – yesterday, today, tomorrow
Fairness is a very important concept for teenagers. Consistent behaviour is crucial when working with teenage students. Inconsistent behaviour, speech or action can deeply affect their trust in teachers and may contribute to resentment, low motivation, and misbehaviour. Make an effort to treat all students equally and with kindness, no matter how challenging their behaviour.
It may be hard, but don’t take it personally
They are teenagers. You are their teacher. Those are the roles.
As teachers, we are expected to be professional and aware of the responsibility that comes with our role. Teenagers are not adults. They are still in the process of growing up. Being not only in a different language environment but also a different cultural environment may be very stressful and confusing.
Teenagers don’t target YOU PERSONALLY but they will naturally try to push boundaries. Teachers are expected to set down boundaries and are responsible for maintaining them through consistent behaviour. Nothing has ever been gained in the classroom by yelling, threatening or use of sarcasm.