Student Well-Being

The Teacher's Role

Through how they teach: Differences between, on the one hand, learner-centered pedagogy, and on the other hand, the more typical authoritarian discipline and textbook-focused approaches are huge. The style of teaching has enormous impact on a child's experience of schooling. Children's well-being is strengthened in classrooms where they are:

  • Encouraged to pose questions

  • Able to make mistakes without ridicule and to try again

  • Provided with explanations and examples relevant to their own interests and experiences

  • Able to develop their understandings through dialogue and activities with their classmates

  • Given the opportunity to engage with relevant tools and equipment to develop a hands-on rather than theoretical understanding of a technical competency

Based on Healing Classrooms findings, we see that regardless of lesson content, teachers' methods can be either a positive or a negative force for students' well-being. The most positive teaching methods emphasize a child's need for feelings of self-worth, a sense of belonging, personal attachments and attachments to peers.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

How have the teaching methods in your context strengthened student well-being? In what specific ways could you ensure that how teachers interact with children strengthens student well-being?


Definition: learner-centered

instruction driven by the child's interests, needs and learning styles

Definition: pedagogy

the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods