Communication – Fostering a Healthy Learning Environment For Students 

All teachers are aware that the best way students can learn and grow is if they have been given the ideal learning environment. However, not every teacher knows what it entails to provide said environment. 

Fortunately, we have experts in the field who can assist you and help you figure out what you need to make your students enjoy their school years and grow. Consider the work of the multicultural arts educator and Montessori lead, Jill Bittinger who is known to be the Founder of Transformed Education. 

After spending ten years in New York as a Multicultural Teaching and Performing Artist, Bittinger moved to Arizona where she started her career in early childhood and elementary education. 

It was at this time that she took an interest in Dr. Maria Montessori’s work – an individual with a goal to prepare students for life and not just for college. According to Montessori, “My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that certificate from the secondary schools to the University, but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of own activity through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolutions of the individual.” 

Consequently, Bittinger followed the same path and became certified in the model of whole child education. She served as a Lead Montessori Teacher for ten years. She also hosts online summits that feature educational leaders paving pathways in transforming learning environments through a uniting body, mind, and spirit. 

Currently, she is focused on developing apps and courses where educators are given the tools and strategies that aid in uniting the mind, body, and spirit. Naturally, her work has been highly acclaimed over the years and she was even named to the Top 100 Leaders in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning in 2021. 

One of the most important things that Bittinger feels is necessary for a student’s positive growth is through building strong relationships with parents and students – and the best way to do that is effective communication.

Communication and Building Positive Relationships 

When it comes to communication, you need to keep in mind that it is not only limited to the student. You must also involve parents into the plan. As a teacher, you are required to provide regular updates and information about what is expected of parents and students. Things tend to change instantly and you need to adjust lesson plans accordingly. To ensure that everyone is on the same page, you need to inform these changes to appropriate parties involved. 

With students, you need to connect on a personal level. Do not rush into the curriculum right away – instead, consider getting to know your students first. Knowing their strengths, weaknesses, interests, personal challenges, etc. can go a long way in helping you develop a positive relationship with your students that will last the whole year. 

Another important thing to keep in mind is that not every student will respond to the same technique of you trying to get to know them. It is crucial to figure out the best way to interact with a child, whether it is through humor, technology, or any other creative strategies that will hold their attention and help them to feel comfortable in your space to share any information that can improve your relationship with them. 

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