Student Well-Being

Student Well-Being / Roles of Teachers / Positive or Negative Influence?

Positive or Negative Influence?

Now that you have completed your own chart, compare your examples and interventions with these suggestions:

Needs of Children and Youth

Possible Interventions on the Part of the Teacher that Positively Influence Student Well-Being

Possible Interventions on the Part of the Teacher that Negatively Influence Student Well-Being 

Sense of Belonging

  • Educational structure where children and youth feel included

  • Restoration of family and community-based cultural, traditional practices of childcare, whenever possible

  • Opportunities for children and youth to engage in community and civic affairs

  • Failure to recognize individual children and youth and to help them feel a part of a "learning community" in the class or school

Sense of Control

  • Opportunities for children and youth to complete regular and manageable assignments to promote a sense of accomplishment and give children and youth a sense of control over part of their lives

  • Offer students counseling and other forms of livelihood support

  • Opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to real-life situations

  • Unpredictable and erratic attendance, poor quality of lessons with no planning and continuity

  • Unpredictable and erratic classroom management – with irregular disciplinary methods

Feelings of Self-Worth

  • Opportunities for expression through discussions, drawing, writing, drama, music

  • Recognize, encourage and praise children and youth

  • Derisive or discriminatory comments to individuals or to groups of children and youth

  • Low expectations of different children and youth

  • Scorn and abuse of children and youth who have difficulties in their learning

Relationships with Peers

  • Provide a dependable, interactive routine through school or other organized educational activity

  • Offer group and team activities (e.g., sports, drama) that require cooperation and interdependence and encourage collaborative learning

  • Lessons  (e.g., lecture and question/ answer) that do not engage children and youth in active, collaborative learning

  • Teachers who focus only on subject content and ignore the need of children and youth for life skills, including, for example, conflict resolution

Personal Attachments

  • Recruit teachers who can form appropriate caring relationships with children and who, as leaders in their communities, support families and others to care for children

  • Provide opportunities for social integration and unity by teaching and showing respect for all cultural values, regardless of differing backgrounds

  • Teachers who are cruel, detached and/or unbothered by the children's overall well-being

  • Teachers who teach only from the textbook with no attempts to contextualize or to relate the learning to the lives and culture of the children

Intellectual Stimulation

  • Enhance child development by providing a variety of educational experiences

  • Repetitive lessons and never-changing teaching style that does not engage the students in active learning

Sense of Safety

  • Sign and adhere to a Teacher Code of Conduct

  • Ensure that the physical space is free from weapons, landmines or other risks

  • Using corporal punishment

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

How did the positive and negative teacher interventions you listed compare with the ones provided in the chart? How can you use the suggestions provided to strengthen student well-being in your context?

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