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Create a Happy Classroom in 2019

School can be either a positive learning experience or a negative experience for students, teachers and parents. To create a happy classroom it takes everyone working together to make it happen. It’s not just the teacher’s responsibility, it is a team effort between students, teachers and parents. Everyone working together can make a happy classroom. If something isn’t working, then why not work together to try something different?

There are so many ways to create a happy classroom, and the list doesn’t end here. There is no right or wrong answer as to what will make or break a classroom. The following are some ideas that help in paving the way to creating a happy classroom. My niece Danielle is a teacher, and even though it’s her first year, she has come to realize that there are many different factors involved when creating a positive classroom environment.

5 Ways to Create a Happy Classroom

  1. Learn about the students that are in your classroom early in the school year. If a student is from a different culture, you may want to research what is acceptable and unacceptable in that student’s culture. There may be body language or facial expressions that are concerned disrespectful in a specific culture. You want to ensure that you know as much about your students and their home life as well when you are teaching the students. Creating a culture of understanding in your classroom trickles down to your students and parents.
  2. Parents can ensure a happy classroom by ensuring children are prepared for school – parents need to ensure that children are ready by completing their homework when necessary, ensuring bags are packed the night before, healthy lunches are made and ready to go in the morning. Why not pack an additional snack so your child can share with another.
  3. Sharing a common respect and admiring each other between teachers, students and parents – this leads to a positive, happy, warm and friendly atmosphere within the school. Respecting one another and having admiration for really makes the classroom setting a better place. Why not start your day off with a hug for each other, or a high five, or a morning of smiles. These are all easy gives that teach all of us how to show respect to each other.
  4. Creating relationships – it’s important that students create relationships and friendships with each other, in order to grow and have a positive and happy classroom environment. It’s also important that students and teachers grow a mutual friendship with each other so that the positive interaction occurs daily.  IMplementing the 365give Challenge into the classroom is a great way to build healthy and happy relationships between students and teachers and students.
  5. Allow children to have a say in their learning experience – students should be able to open up about their learning and what they are experiencing in class. The 365give Challenge is based on this. Letting both teacher and students drive the learning experience increases engagement, enhances the learning experience and empowers children.

It’s possible to create a happy classroom in many different ways, but these are some of the ways that may work when you incorporate the 365give Challenge. Each classroom is different, but the flexibility of adding a giving program to your class works with any age group, culture or ability. Test our the waters and start a 7 day giving program first to see what works for your classroom.

What do you do to create a happy classroom? What will you do moving forward to ensure that you have a happy space in your class or in your school building? Share with us your suggestions, or your secrets to creating a happy classroom in 2019 by going to We’d love to hear from you! If you are interested in the 365give Challenge for your classroom, read more about the positive and happy effects of this program.



What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)