In an effective classroom, students cherish their learning. They are happier, enjoy activities, and take responsibility to complete the tasks in time. The school environment and teachers ensure that there is no pressure. Classrooms are filled with joy and every student is invested in their learning. A balanced approach to learning and child development — every student wins.
The focus is on truly developing all their mental and physical faculties, enjoy while doing so, never feel detached and develop higher-order thinking. The growing minds develop a problem-solving approach and are engaged in constructive activities.
Teachers and schools are invested in the wholesome assessment and well being of a student child. Teachers cherish this feeling and this makes their workplace happier and productive as well.
Here in this blog post, let’s look at some such factors which contribute to classroom effectiveness.
These factors affecting classroom effectiveness are noted via research and studies. Click on the respective links to know more about the findings.
Enjoyment We can remember and can associate with our own feeling as a child, did we always look forward to going to school or some days were good and some days were not so good. Did it depend on one single factor or multiple?
The enjoyment factor is little or more relied on and pushed upon teachers. Research shows that the enjoyment factor depends more on learning resources and lesson teacher’s teaching style. Students' role in their own classroom matters and the role of the school administrator matters.
Everyone’s active contribution is needed to make a school a happy and enjoyable place.
Motivation Improving student motivation is one of the biggest challenges in classrooms. The two types of motivation are intrinsic and extrinsic. Some research recommends integrating emotion, motivation, and cognition as equal components in the social process of learning. Motivation is social and reciprocal. Students who are more engaged motivate teachers and teachers who are more engaged find more attentive students.
Motivation strategies can be categorized as getting attention, emphasizing relevance, building confidence, or imposing rewards and punishments However, students' own engagement is a better predictor of classroom success through internal motivation.
Discovering Emotion in Classroom Motivation Research
Motivation in the classroom: Reciprocal effects of teacher behavior and student engagement across the school year.
Students’ classroom engagement produces longitudinal changes in classroom motivation.
Feeling part of a larger group. A classroom is an early example of a structured community in our life and teachers play a key role in helping students feel they “belong at school”. Studies reveal that student’s own emotional engagement and disaffection matters in their learning process. Teachers facilitate learning and students drive self-perceptions of competence, autonomy, and relatedness.
Emotional engagement drives internal dynamics significantly. Student's own perception of themselves especially autonomy plays a significant role. Teachers play an important part and at the same time, a lot of internal dynamics within the child drive their own involvement. These factors are supported within the school and can be from outside the school. Internal feelings of a child and the social context matters.
Interest By now we have significant proof that all these factors are interrelated and matter in classroom efficiency. Now, let’s look at how classroom interest matters and how does it impact classroom efficiency.
There are two factors affecting interest in the classroom individual and situational. The individual elements are belongingness, feelings, skill, utility-goal relevance, and background knowledge. The situational components are hands-on, inconsistency, oddity, nourishment, social interaction, games, recreations and riddles, content, biophilia, fantasy, humor, and narrative The enthusiasm of students is driven by instructors utilization of these devices of driving interest.
In an active classroom situational interest keeps developing and is related to academic success. It depends on task instructions, engaging text, or topic.
Influences on classroom interest
Increasing Situational Interest in the Classroom
Students’ Interest and Engagement in Classroom Activities
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Originally published June 17, 2019