How to Establish and Maintain a Safe Learning Environment

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Supportive learning environments can be defined as:
“The creation of a caring, rigorous and relevant learning community that provides support to all learners in aiding them to achieve at their highest potential”(Holtz Frank, 2004). “Unless students experience a positive and supportive climate, some may never achieve the most minimum standards or realize their full potential”.Urban (1999) For any training it is important to set up rules and boundaries at the start of the training. This gives the learners and idea of what is expected from them. Tell them the consequences too. It is important that if someone breaks the rules then we deal with it and don’t just leave it. An Example can be:

Stage 1:Warning (Please be more respectful)
Stage 2: Further Action (Move to another chair)
Stage 3: Removal (Removal from the training)

Rules that can be set:
1.All learners to be treated with respect
2.All mobile phones switched off
3.All information shared in the training to be kept confidential (unless legally obliged to share it) 4.Questions to be asked at appropriate times.
5.If someone has an opinion that is different to yours you will listen calmly to their opinion and not get angry. All learners must be treated throughout the training with respect and dignity and the teacher must not allow any personal feeling to interfere with treating everyone the same. Examples of supportive and unsupportive behaviour are:

SupportiveUnsupportive
Using encouragementNo praise or insincerity, rolling eyes at answer Providing constructive feedbackAllowing learners to think they have given a right answer when they are wrong or mocking incorrect answers Setting objectives and ensuring those objectives are metSet unclear objectives or the learning does not follow the set objectives Participation from learnersTeacher does all the talking whilst everyone sits and listens for the entire training Not allowing any one person to disrupt the rest of the groupOne...
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