Creating a Classroom Atmosphere

The teacher’s role in creating an atmosphere in the classroom is central to teaching and learning. Often this is about dispelling an existing atmosphere before you can create one of your own.

This has a lot to do with discussions or group interactions in a class and can be broken down into some ‘Best Lessons Rules of Thumb’.

The best lessons are ones in which:

i) students are actively engaged with what they are learning about

ii) appreciation is shown for everyone’s ideas

iii) students are encouraged to give good reasons for their ideas

iv) everyone is involved in discussions

v) students are inspired to have confidence in their own ideas

vi) students have enough time to explore ideas properly

vii) students have opportunities to work together, sharing ideas with others and learning to appreciate others

viii) students get to make their own decisions

ix) questioning is varied and thoughtful questions are asked

x) learning is enjoyable and fun.

Some of those are much easier said than done. A class normally consists of a spectrum of abilities, and part of the challenge of putting a good lesson together will be those forces which work against the rules above, like:

i) students who arrive determined to be disinterested in what they are supposed to be learning about