Welcoming Students With a Smile
- November 25, 2021
- Posted by: TeachYou
- Category: Tutor
A widely cited 2007 study claimed that teachers greeting students at the classroom door led to a 27 percentage point increase in academic engagement. The problem? It included just three students.Now a new, much larger and more credible study comprising 203 students in 10 classrooms validates that claim: Greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can increase engagement and reduce disruptive behavior. Spending a few moments welcoming students promotes a sense of belonging, giving them social and emotional support that helps them feel invested in their learning.The first few minutes of class are often the most chaotic, as students transition from busy areas such as the hallway or playground, Left unchecked, disruptions can become difficult to manage, but a proactive approach to classroom management can help students get focused and ready to learn. Rather than address disruptive behavior as it happens, proactive techniques like greeting students at the door and modeling good behavior reduce the occurrence of such behavior as teachers and students build a positive classroom culture together.In the study, when teachers started class by welcoming students at the door, academic engagement increased by 20 percentage points and disruptive behavior decreased by 9 percentage points potentially adding an additional hour of engagement over the course of a five-hour instructional day,according to the researchers.Ten middle school teachers were randomly assigned by the researchers to one of two groups. The first group started class by greeting their students at the door, saying each student name while using a nonverbal greeting such as a handshake or nod. The teachers also used precorrective statements reminders of what to do at the start of class like,Spend the next few minutes reviewing what we covered yesterday.If a student had struggled with their behavior the previous day, the teachers often gave a positive message to encourage them to improve.Teachers in the second group attended classroom management training sessions offered by their schools, but they werent given any specific instructions on how to start class.