Schools are one of the foremost and fundamental social platforms to build the personality of any child. Schooling is not only concerned with educating the child with theoretical knowledge, but it teaches them moral education as well.
The specific environment and culture of schools greatly impact the upbringing of a child. Children ranging from 3 to 8 years are highly under the influence of school culture as it promotes positive personal growth. It is the age when children learn about personal and social values. And schools are the very first center for learning and setting the social norms for children.
Due to the paramount importance of schooling in one’s life, it is important to maintain a positive school culture to ensure a healthy upbringing of the students.
Following Are Some Of The Steps That Can Lead To A Positive School Culture:
Celebrate What’s Good
Encouraging students is the key to positive school culture. Encouragement leads towards self-confidence and better performance of the students. Whenever your students achieve something, either it is too big or too small, it demands a celebration.
Celebrating the good deeds of the students will promote moral education and it increases student participation as well. Encouragement act as a positive reinforcement for the students. And they tend to perform better ultimately.
Building a meaningful relationship between the staff and the students is an effective measure to practice for the sake of positive school culture. Students should be taught to have positive relationships with their teachers and peers.
When the staff is loved and respected, it makes them intrinsically motivated to work better on their students. On the other hand, when students feel equally respected by their teachers, they are more likely to perform better in studies as well as behaviorally.
Teach Social Skills
Teaching the students what is inside the books only is not enough. It is important to teach and make them experience the social skills that will make them a better adult afterward in their life. For creating a positive school culture, it is important to inculcate the social values e.g. respect, love, empathy, kindness, prosocial behavior, etc. into the students.
To make the students actively involved in this type of learning can be achieved through Social-emotional learning (SEL). It is the responsibility of the teachers to plan specific activities to engage students in social-emotional learning.
According to a 2017 research entitled, Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School, students who engage in this mode of learning are better at decision-making, establishing constructive relationships, accomplish their goals and are emotionally strong.
Set Constructive Rules And Regulations
Rules are very important to establish a disciplinarian culture in any school. Over time, the orthodox rules and regulations are replaced by modern positive rules. Positive rules help to build a productive environment for learning and personal growth.
The Classroom Environment Should Be Based On Positive Rules Such As:
- Time management
- Be courteous and empathic to other students in the class
- Be respectful towards the instructor
- Ask for permissions (e.g. before going to the bathroom)
- Work hard
- Speak at your turn
- Bring new ideas
- Be a good student and a good friend
- Keep your working area neat and clean
- Proper dress code should be followed etc.
To establish a positive school culture, there must be zero discrimination among the staff members as well as the students. No one should feel left out in the classroom or on the school premises because of color, race, ethnicity, language, body appearance or any other socio-cultural factor.
There should be equality among all the staff members and students and everyone should stay in harmony. Minimizing the chance of any possible discrimination in the school ensures a positive culture.
Teaching the students to treat everybody as equally important and as human beings irrespective of color, race or nationality will help them grow as socially prosperous adults.
Create Culturally Appropriate Traditions
You can also create some fun and culturally appropriate traditions and activities for the students and teachers. The students must actively participate in these activities. These activities should be a source of knowledge and recreation for the students. It promotes creativity and socio-cultural values among the children.
By following these above-mentioned steps, you can create a positive school culture. Promote positive and culturally appropriate educational practices to ensure the healthy upbringing of the students!
About George Chidiac
Over the past 25 years in various educational roles, George J. Chidiac has been able to embrace changes to ensure his administrative leadership role in providing the best educational experience possible for his students and subordinates. As superintendent of schools in Stafford Township, George Chidiac has improved standardized test scores, increasing student motivation, and fostering academic achievement through a student-centered approach to education.