Fostering a Positive Learning Environment


By Marwa Kotb.

Creating a positive climate for learning in classroom is shared responsibility between teachers and students. Thus it is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. In this post I will provide ten tips that helps educators to develop a positive learning environment in classroom

  1. Recognize who our students are: by that I mean to know further than their names and academic information. You can ask students  to submit a written assignment or record an audio that include their prior knowledge, intellectual development, cultural background, experiences and expectations.
  2. Enhance students’ intrinsic motivation: help students see how their education can make a difference in how they see themselves and become aware of their personal satisfactions due to their achievements
  3. Help students to establish relations: there are numerous activities that educators can utilize to acquaint students with each other such as what’s in name, and revolving centers
  4. Make Learning Relevant: One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study.
  5. Use the appropriate humor: add to class content funny stories, funny comments, jokes, cartoons, and riddles. It helps to create conditions conducive to learning.
  6. Plan to arrive to class few minutes earlier: it creates a friendly atmosphere and indicates to students that you are approachable.
  7. Confront problems as they arise: As conflicts grow out of inattentiveness and passivity of some educators (Barkley, 2010, p.111).
  8. Attend extracurricular activities featuring your students: It means a lot to students when teachers take time out of their schedules to visit an activity they are involved in
  9. Use a Classroom Ethics Contract: provide the students to sign an ethics contract that contains a list of positive behavioral expectations
  10. Always Be Positive: perhaps the most important strategy, Educators can’t create positive environment without being positive themselves


Allred. C.G.(2008).Seven Strategies for Building Positive Classrooms. ASCD.66(1). Retrieved from

FacultyFocus.(n.d.).10 Effective Classroom Management Techniques Every Faculty Member Should Know. Magna Publication. Retrieved from

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