Crafting a classroom environment that gives agency to students can help the students grow socially and academically. By providing resources and exercises that helps them acknowledge their strengths, as well as accommodating their various learning and testing styles, teachers can increase student confidence and performance.
The following are tools that may help students to feel more powerful at school:
Use a strengths-based approach to learning: A focus on students’ strengths celebrates resilience, resources, and solutions.
Lead with compassion: Genuine care for students means holding high expectations for all of them and believing in their potential for growth.
Create student-centered learning experiences: Project-based learning, cooperative learning, and service learning are three methods that can be structured where students take on purposeful roles, striving for real-world, performance-based outcomes.
Foster ongoing and active student reflection on learning: Students can help direct their own educational experiences by establishing personally relevant learning goals and engaging in ongoing self-assessments.
Model and practice the “Big Five:” Enthusiasm, Generosity, Focus, Calmness, and Openness