People in the School Environment: A resource for Classroom issues


There are issues in virtually every classroom regarding students, the environment inside the classroom, content, educators, and methods being used to deliver information. Students may have problems keeping the lessons taught inside their heads, and they may even have problems at home. The classroom environment can also contribute to whether students effectively, for example, the environment may be overcrowded. Teachers themselves may have difficulty relating to their students, another potential problem that impacts classroom performance. Sometimes, the content of the lesson and the methods the teachers use on their students can lead to all sorts of problems in the classroom.

Students

One of the biggest challenges for students is retaining all the information that they are taught inside the classroom. Factors such as testing, students’ social lives and technology influence the performance of students in any setting. Testing makes sure that students know and remember what they have learned, but how the test is constructed and the environment it is set in can be of vital performance to student performance. Social lives of students can wreak havoc on their academic performance, especially if they spend too much time with their friends and going to social events instead of studying. Technology also plays a role, as students who have access to computers and the Internet will conceivably do better in school.

Environment

The school environment can have an impact on both the capability of teachers to instruct students and the capacity of students to improve their learning. Research has shown that classrooms with a lower student to teacher ratio produce pupils who are better able to retain the information taught. This has to do with the fact that teachers can devote more of their time to students who are struggling (individual attention) if they don’t have that many students to worry about. Similarly, technology in the classroom (access to the Internet, etc.) is also a vital factor in getting students to improve their learning.

Educators

Teachers face a good number of problems in the classroom as they try to educate their students. However, when teachers encounter budget cuts, their challenges in educating students can become graver. While a continuously good argument can be made that all the problems in education cannot be solved by simply throwing more money at the problem, budget cuts deprive teachers of resources that could help their students learn more effectively. Consequences of budget cuts include less or even no technology available in the classroom to help students learn, fewer chances to attend future conferences for learning opportunities, and less planning time.

Content

Content is important and vital to learning in the classroom. Still, educators have a degree of power to improve what they are teaching to their students. For instance, teachers may relate the content that they are teaching to students to the students’ personal and home lives. This can include techniques such as journal writing, video diaries, etc. With this technique, students will be more likely to absorb a lesson since they see a connection between the content and their own lives.

Methods

Teachers may also work on the ways in which they actually deliver the information in class to their students. One such technique can include a more creative way of delivering the information to the students. Instead of relying on more conservative teaching methods, teachers can incorporate something known as front loading into the lesson plan, which is basically going right into a new lesson (instead of reviewing older ones) to keep the lesson fresh and interesting. Making students learn in a group setting (divide them into groups) is also a more creative teaching method because it introduces the group dynamic to a student’s interest of learning.

Students and teachers both face a number of challenges in the classroom. Some challenges that students face are staying focused, keeping the information they have learned in class, and having access to technology that they need to learn. Some of the challenges that the teachers face in a classroom environment are getting their students to stay interested in the lessons, keeping down classrooms size so they can attend to as many students as possible, and developing new methods of reaching their students so that lessons are more interesting. In the end, it will fall on both teachers and students to improve the learning situation and other factors inside of a classroom environment. With more commitment from both sides, the classroom environment can be improved.