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Here, we will look at how a teacher can make the children feel happy. We also look at how this promotes trusting and warm relationships.
Teacher reading with children
Here, we will look at how a teacher can make the children feel happy. We also look at how this promotes a trusting and warm relationship with the learners and how they feel about their classes and the long-term effects.

How the teacher makes these children feel happy

  • She is very friendly.
  • She includes every student and addresses them directly by their names.
  • She encourages all the children equally which gives them confidence.
  • She is trying to be like them and joins in.
  • She is taking care of each of them and makes them feel included.
  • They have a farewell routine to signal the end of the lesson by singing the song.
  • She sings in a soft tone of voice.
  • She gets down to their level and makes eye contact.

Evidence of a trusting and warm relationship

  • The children approach the teacher to high five and fist bump.
  • The children are really relaxed, and they interact easily with their teacher.
  • She smiles and interacts with them softly.

How these children feel about their English classes

  • They are happy, relaxed, having fun and enjoying their classes.
  • They are motivated to learn and they will probably be looking forward to the next class.

Long-term effects of these experiences and memories

  • The classes will create a good foundation for further English language development.
  • The children will associate English with fun and hopefully this will encourage them to develop and use it.
  • The children will have a positive, lifelong attitude to learning English because the experience has been positive.
  • These experiences will positively affect their mental health and develop self-confidence and social skills.
  • They will remember the things they learnt and the great relationship they had with their teacher.
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English in Early Childhood: How Happy Children Learn

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