THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE ‘CLASSHOME’

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ARBEL S. ICBAN

Learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment is con­sid­ered as the se­cond home of the learn­ers. It is a place where the de­vel­op­ment of habits, knowl­edge and val­ues take place. Thus, the con­di­tion of the class­room is deemed sig­nif­i­cant for it is the im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings of the learn­ers in school.

A con­ducive learn­ing place can be char­ac­ter­ized as healthy, safe, child-friendly, gen­der-sen­si­tive and mo­ti­vat­ing. Be­ing healthy and safe means keep­ing our learn­ers free from sick­ness and from harm. Fur­ther­more, im­ple­men­ta­tion of school poli­cies and pro­ce­dures can cre­ate a child-friendly place. Like­wise, pro­vid­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for both men and women for learn­ing sig­ni­fies gen­der-sen­si­tiv­ity. It also helps give learn­ers fair rights to all as­pects of de­vel­op­ment. Sim­i­larly, even when things turn out to be dif­fi­cult, a highly mo­ti­vated at­mos­phere can re­sult to per­sis­tence and per­se­ver­ance among them. And as ed­u­ca­tors, the se­cond par­ent of our learn­ers, it is our duty to re­al­ize all the afore­men­tioned con­sid­er­a­tions with cer­tainty through the use of sim­ple yet best prac­tices in class­room.

A func­tional clinic is nec­es­sary in a school so as a pur­pose­ful medicine cab­i­net in a class­room. Hence, it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to have one. In ad­di­tion, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­e­cu­tion of school health plans like de­worm­ing is also a way of keep­ing them in good phys­i­cal shape.

Mean­while, many calami­ties have been recorded the past years. In re­la­tion, keep­ing our eyes open to the var­i­ous plans of the dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion man­age­ment team in the school such as the Na­tional Si­mul­ta­ne­ous Earth­quake Drill (NSED) can help us to as­sure their safety.

More­over, giv­ing the free­dom to ex­er­cise the rights of ev­ery stu­dent is a great way sup­port­ing the child-friendly school sys­tem as well as giv­ing the fair share of at­ten­tion dur­ing class dis­cus­sions to all of them is a key to prove a gen­der equal­ity am­biance. Lastly, by their be­ing and be­hav­iour, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of class­room through the use of mo­ti­va­tional quo­ta­tions as dec­o­ra­tions can help them to learn and per­form in school. Above all, in­cul­cat­ing dis­ci­pline and re­spect to ev­ery learner could be a great help to suc­cess­fully ful­fil th­ese things.

Ev­i­dently, phys­i­cal learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment mat­ters in the teach­in­glearn­ing process. So, re­gard­less of their in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences, pro­vid­ing and main­tain­ing safe and con­ducive to learn­ing place for them can lead to­wards at­tain­ing high qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. And if th­ese things will turn into re­al­ity, other than home, the class­room will be a per­fect place to live our learn­ers’dreams and as­pi­ra­tions in life.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Sta. Cruz High In­te­grated School Bona St., Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pam­panga

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