What makes a positive learning environment?
An interesting question, but one you would think every teacher entering the profession would know the answer to, because who wouldn’t enter the profession with no ambition to create anything other than a positive learning environment for the children in their care. And whilst in my first year of teaching I would probably have been quite naive in my initial thoughts to answer that question, in terms of thinking if I spend copious hours planning exciting lessons which engage the children (a) they will learn more effectively because they are engaged, (b) they’ll enjoy coming to school and (c) hey! (Quite a big one for teachers) they’ll like me. Entering my RQT year I’ll always remember the feedback given from my first Head Teacher following a lesson observation, in which she said ‘Liz, I love how you engage the children, but remember it’s not all about the WOW! It’s about their learning journey’. And so, for the next 9 years as a class based teacher I began to explore, be curious about, adapt and change my practice, not only striving to be the best version of me but to create a positive learning environment that would nurture 28 children to also be the best versions of themselves.