Student Well-Being

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Helping Students to Learn Well

In all contexts, good teachers make important contributions to the lives of children and youth. In crisis and post-crisis contexts, the role of teachers is especially important because education is often one of the only ways children can imagine gaining a better life.

Teachers can help promote student well-being in the following ways:

  • Helping students to "learn well": Even young children have strong ideas about what makes a good teacher. Students appreciate and gain much from teachers who are:

    • Prepared and hard working – Good teachers prepare lesson plans and deliver clear and easily-understood classes. They work hard to make sure that all students understand and master one topic before going on to the next.

    • Patient and encouraging – Student well-being is strengthened by teachers who respect the learning pace and learning style of each student, with particular attention given to the special learning needs of children with disabilities. Students also gain self-esteem when teachers encourage them to participate in class and ask questions.

    • Available for extra help – Teachers often give students extra help with their academic work outside class, such as tutoring sessions after school. Children and youth in refugee camps and small communities, for example, usually know where the teachers live and can visit their homes to ask questions and obtain further help.

Definition: self-esteem

How a person feels about himself or herself in the moment