Have you ever walked into a room and you didn’t know a soul? I know I sure have and surely you have too. My hope is that you will walk away from this post feeling a warm welcome into my future classroom. Before we get started though I would like to introduce myself a bit. I am a aspiring teacher by the name of Miss Coleman. I have been a caregiver for 6 years and have enjoyed every moment. I was born a teacher and never looked back. Some people are just born with a patience and calm demeanor and I believe I was one of them. Not to toot my own horn or anything here.
With everything above aside, I think we should get to cracking on what I believe makes the happiest of classrooms. When a child first walks into a classroom they look for familiar faces, they listen for welcoming voices, but most importantly they look for a calm environment. Children feel at ease when they know they are welcomed with open arms. There are many things that make a happy and warm environment in a classroom. Some of the major things I found when researching were the three s’s and the two t’s.
They stand for:
Sight- See Your Classroom Through Fresh Eyes
Smell- The Scent of School Spirit
Sound- Creating a Classroom Soundtrack
Touch- Mix Textures & Add Props
Taste- Sweeten the Back to School Transition
There are certain things that stand out to me for each one, but the one that stands out to me in particular is the taste. Children of all ages but especially my sweet little kinder children look for an easy transition. For some this might be there first time away from home and for others they might have been in daycare all their life. No matter the circumstance though each child is looking to see if the teacher is into this whole school thing! They are looking for big warm hugs, fun activities and patience beyond our own physical measure. My hope is that I can continue to build my knowledge on a welcoming environment and put my skills to test in my own classroom.
I encourage you all to leave me comments about what you think it takes to create a welcoming environment. I am always looking for new techniques.
Thanks for reading,
Preston, C. (n.d.). Tips for Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment. Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://www.teachhub.com/tips-creating-welcoming-classroom-environment
Raia, I. (2016, September 12). Girls Should Raise Their Hands Instead Of Lowering Their Standards [Web log post]. Retrieved September 21, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/illana-raia/back-to-school-five-reaso_b_11982236.html?utm_hp_ref=back-to-school