How the classroom impacts a teacher and their student
Many teachers rarely ever admit to having negative experiences in the classroom, or even admit to the negative experiences happening to them in their own lives. The truth is, being in the classroom and having to create and implement strategies that work for a minority, with ADHD or other learning disabilities, is not easy.
In a new MindShift Knowledge Is Power Report, published Oct. 10, 2018, more than 8,600 teachers from diverse backgrounds shared their thoughts on the way the classroom can negatively impact a student. The survey covered topics like bullying, unrealistic expectations, and damaging occurrences that arise in the classroom.
The inclusion of gender and non-binary options added to existing options for which to identify was a first for educational research. The new options includes POC, Transgender, LGBQ, as well as trans* persons.
One specific topic covered in the survey deals with challenging learning environments, which felt like the one subjects they consistently engaged in.
“I’ve seen classroom environments change drastically over the years – the expectations of students, the challenges of budgeting for supplies and technology,” said Peggy Clements, Specialist at Wellcome Scholars Program. “I’ve seen students regress in their academic skills and gain into the standards of their learning. I’ve observed how these obstacles create challenges that can harden barriers, such as creating distrust, inhibiting open communication and professional support, and creating more school instability.”
According to Clements, teachers in grades K-12 also need to change how they think of teaching and working with students who struggle with various challenges. While teaching methods have evolved, we can’t disregard the challenges facing students and teachers, making a strong collaboration among members of a staff essential to making an impact.
“We need to be able to get our teaching team together and really have them share their stories with each other, because stories of personal experiences are the best medicine when it comes to changing negative conditions,” said Clements. “Collaboration makes sense because we are working with an everyday need. We may experience challenges at home that are expected by society, but we know these things cannot continue to make us worse than we are at the moment.”
The MindShift Knowledge Is Power Report was developed in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, New Orleans Unified School District, and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Based on teacher responses from the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, teachers were allowed to indicate whether they personally experienced a negative learning environment at the school where they taught. Teachers were asked to select more than one negative experience in the classroom, but could not indicate multiple negative experiences.
The survey data was used to develop a new online app to research the challenges involved with creating and implementing education strategies for a diverse classroom population. To learn more about the study or to obtain a copy of the report, visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/….