Creating A Supportive Learning Environment

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Building Supportive Culture
Positive rapport with your students will not only make your job easier, but are essential for creating a supportive atmosphere for learning. We will outline a few ways you can establish and maintain a supportive learning environment for your classroom.
Establishing expectations
Establishing clear expectations between you and your students can lead to meaningful class discussion and is an important step in creating a supportive learning environment. Reviewing this list of expectations with students at the beginning of the semester demonstrates to students that their opinions are being considered. Some expectations you can have of your students are: turning assignments in on time, coming to class on-time, utilizing
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One way is to provide positive written and verbal feedback. Rather than simply marking assignments wrong, provide comments that identify the thoughts or content students are grasping correctly. Additionally, providing positive responses to students in class -even if they answer a question wrong- will demonstrate that is is okay to make a mistake. Conversely, avoid talking badly or negatively about other students or the teacher. This is not only unprofessional, but will result in mistrust and discontent between you and your students.
Students ' needs and cultural diversity
Another way to support students ' is by learning about their diverse backgrounds, experiences, prior knowledge, and learning needs. You may want to consider starting the class with a needs and skills assessment. This will allow you to learn about student preferred learning style, areas for improvement and general basic understanding of prerequisite course content. You will also be teaching to an increasingly diverse student-body and should consider cultural differences when teaching. Being sensitive to your students ' needs and differences is necessary to create a supportive learning environment.
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There are several strategies for establishing group members for a group project or study group. For example, you can have students choose their own group, assign group members by last name, choose members by proximity in the classroom, pick members at random or be more intentional about group members selection. For short, in-class projects it may be appropriate to create groups by group members’ proximity in class or select group members at random. For larger, semester-long group projects, it may be more appropriate to select groups based on some prior knowledge you may have about the students. You can consider the student 's’ level of experience and their skills such as writing, presenting, leadership and/or organizational skills. Balancing the skills and experience of group members will challenge students to work together and provide an optimal learning opportunity for all group

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