The Autumn break is almost over and term 2 is about to start. For most students, the novelty of being back at school will wear off quickly. For some, this can be a challenging time as they settle back into routines and expectations. Here are some ways that teachers can help their students to settle in and thrive during term 2.
Effective teachers take time to help students feel comfortable in class by recognizing their strengths and interests. This can be as simple as asking students about what they did over the break, or what they are looking forward to doing this term. Teachers can also find out more about students’ hobbies and interests, and try to incorporate these into lessons and activities.
Another way to make students feel comfortable in the classroom is by creating an inviting and positive learning environment. This means having a well-organized space, where they can participate without feeling anxious or self conscious about themselves
Creating inclusive climates also involves using praise as positive reinforcement when people do something right – this will encourage more desirable behavior from your kids!
It is important for teachers to be aware of the mental health needs their students may have, and offer support where needed. A positive learning environment helps create an easier atmosphere which can help someone with problems adjusting in class or dealing [with] challenges at home better handle those issues more easily when they’re not feeling alone anymore because there’s always somebody who cares about them no matter what happens during school hours!
Teachers can help students feel motivated and supported by celebrating successes, both big and small. This can involve praising students when they do something well, or sharing stories of success with the class. It is also important to celebrate individual successes, such as when a student does well on a test or completes a challenging task.
Finally, it is important to remember that every student is different, and that settling back into school can be challenging for some more than others. It is important to be patient and understanding, and to offer support where needed. Every student has the potential to thrive at school, and it is up to teachers to help them realise this.
Settling into back into a new school term can be tough for any student. But with a little support from their teachers, students can thrive during term 2. By recognizing their strengths and interests and being aware of their mental health needs, teachers can help their students to feel comfortable, motivated, and supported.
If you’re a teacher, how do you help your students to settle into the new term? Share your tips in the comments below!