The number one priority for teachers and administrators is to make sure that students have a safe environment where they can development academically and socially. In order for a child to learn, he or she will need to feel safe. If not, he or she may feel more anxious and less engaged. In addition to that, an incident of any kind that causes harm to a child could have far-reaching consequences that may ultimately hinder students’ ability to learn and feel safe. So what can administrators do to facilitate a safer learning environment? Here are several things to consider:
Make Your Classrooms Accident-proof
There’s one thing that any parent or teacher knows about children: if there’s a way to break something, eat something, or cause damage to something, a child can make it happen. Make sure all educational tools and toys don’t contain small parts or potential toxins that could potentially cause a child harm.
In addition to that, consider any furniture and whether or not there are any potential risks there and if there are alternatives that may be safer. For example, the Henkel Hook was designed to prevent children from being suspended from coat hooks. Incidents continue to occur wherein students have died or have been seriously injured by coat hooks, so it’s important for administrators to keep this in mind when designing a safe learning space. Safe coat hooks can potentially mitigate the chances of a serious injury from occurring.
Encourage Safety on the Playground
The highlight of many kids’ day is when they can take a break from the classroom and spend some time outside to work off that extra energy. However, there are some dangers that a playground can pose. For example, it could be potentially problematic if children of many age groups are allowed to play together in one place. Aides and teachers should be posted throughout the playground area and be alert to any issues that go on, such as a child going to equipment that isn’t age-appropriated. In addition to that, it never hurts to discuss playground safety with students as well.
By creating a safe environment in and out of the classroom, you can ensure students to stay out of dangerous situations and have fun learning new skills and lessons.