The new year is rife with opportunities for both a fresh beginning and new challenges.
After winter break, most students will be rested and ready to go. Let’s explore how you can help your students succeed in the New Year as they return to their studies!
Reconsider Classroom Seating Arrangements
When was the last time you reviewed your classroom structure? Consider new classroom layouts that might better suit your classroom needs and teaching style. For example:
A “U-shaped” arrangement works best if you often conduct classroom discussions or need to monitor students as they work. “Clustered” seating, on the other hand, allows students to collaborate. The group dynamic also aids in developing communication skills and exposes students to different learning styles.
Help Students Establish Clear, Actionable Goals
Most adults already know that a lot of New Year’s resolutions tend to fall to the wayside after a couple of months. This does not always mean a goal is impossible—it just needed clarification.
Setting actionable goals is an important skill when it comes to achieving success. Whether in their personal life or for academics, you can help students establish goals they can use to track their own progress. For example, “reading 10 pages a day” instead of “read more in 2017”.
Get Students Comfortable with Asking Questions
The ability to ask questions is critical to building understanding of concepts, which is why it is so important that students learn to push through the initial awkwardness of admitting they don’t have the information.
Pair students together so they have a partner to ask questions with, or create a tally system where the class gets rewarded once you reach a goal number!
Develop Good Learning Routines
In addition to clear, actionable goals, consistent educational “routines” help set students up for academic success as they enter 2017. Routines can be created both in and out of the classroom and include options such as:
- Getting organized at the beginning of each day.
- Making sure all supplies (pencils, paper, etc.) are stocked and ready.
- Finding a quiet space to study.
- Regularly reviewing notes (especially for any upcoming tests).
You can help students find and adjust the routines that will help them best succeed in their academic life.
There are many different ways that you can help your students succeed. whether that’s helping them build routines, set goals, or changing the way your classroom and lessons are structured. Every situation is going to be different, but those differences will allow you to grow together with your classroom.