Classroom as a healing environment
The goal of a healing environment is radically simple: high-quality teaching and learning that supports individual students’ well-being. That is, supporting and developing students from early learning through secondary school to achieve academically so that: (a) students have choice regarding and control over their life circumstances along with the ability to pursue their dreams; (b) students are driven by a sense of hope, possibility, and a positive future; and (c) students are connected to and share responsibility for their community. Relationships are at the heart of learning. Bonds between and among students and adults have a substantial influence on students’ success and on how they understand their own sense of safety, self-worth, and capacity.