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Creating a Safe Learning Environment for Healing and Active Learning

To help you better understand the concept of a Healing Classroom, let's examine each of the six components separately. The first is: creating a safe learning environment for healing and active learning. What does it actually take to create such a learning environment? Here are some basic actions teachers can take immediately that will transform their classroom into a Healing Classroom: 

Eight Things Teachers Can Do to Create a Healing Classroom

1. Show respect and empathy for each child and encourage all the children to do the same.

2. Teach tolerance by being tolerant. Accept the children and youth with all of their strengths and weaknesses. Never condemn, reject or laugh at them. Focus on the assets that children and young people bring with them to the learning environment.

3. Give children and youth a sense of self-worth by providing encouragement, recognition and praise.

4. Ensure that boys/young men and girls/young women are comfortable in the classroom and the school environment, for example, with classroom seating arrangements. Ensure safe and easy access to toilets or latrines (with attention to access for children and youth of different ages and children with disabilities).

5. Develop learning activities (in reading, math, social studies, vocational training, etc.) that actively engage the students. Encourage peer interaction, problem-solving, cooperation, empathy and leadership skills with group work.

6. Create interesting classrooms with flexible space (e.g., hang teaching and learning aids and students' work on the walls, store teaching and learning materials in open boxes for easy access).

7. Make the classrooms as comfortable as possible with the resources available. Consider providing safe and supervised spaces within the classroom or the school where students can go if they are feeling overwhelmed, allowing those students to take a break from formal learning activities.

8. Create a "break room" or separate space for teachers to use for their own planning and meetings.


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