How Attitude Affects Learning and the Student’s Success

So many things factor into the success of a learning environment. Beliefs, value and attitude can have both positive and negative effects on a learner’s success.

Every person believes differently; but it’s safe to say Attitude affects learning. Every culture has different beliefs and the different beliefs can affect a learner’s success but not because of the belief, more because educators and peers fail to understand, accept and make provisions for the different beliefs.

For example, some people do not believe in the theory of evolution however it is taught in school. This poses a conflict for many students and their families. It is important for educators to discuss the lesson plan in evolution with parents before it is implementation. This gives the parent a chance to prepare their child for something that goes against their belief, or opt their child out of the lesson.  The best way to solve this problem however is for the teacher to offer students whose belief goes completely against teaching the theory of evolution an alternative assignment in the beginning.

Values differ from person to person and culture to culture even though the most common values are not to lie, cheat, or steal. Each of these common values has a huge impact on the learning environment.  Learning is strongly affected when students cheat. The student is not learning anything by cheating and the class as a whole suffers because the teacher has to enforce strict rules on the honest ones because of the cheaters.

Lying is the same, if one person lies, everyone suffers. Teachers cannot give students certain privileges if some of them steal because they cannot be trusted. This affects the whole learning environment because good relationships are built on trust and without good values, there’s no trust.  If students possess good values the classroom can be a family environment where there’s trust the teacher can focus on teaching and the students on learning.

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Attitude has one of the largest impacts on a learner’s success. The student who enters the classroom with a good attitude, eager to learn and participate brings with him or her a positive energy that makes it easier to learn. People do better when they are in a positive environment. The student who enters the classroom with a bad attitude also rubs off on the other kids. The others must be strong not to let the negative person drag them down.  The old saying is true, “It only takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch.” However if the positive students are strong they might just change the student‘s bad attitude to good.

The whole class does better and functions better when everyone is in a good mood. Granted people all have bad days, how they handle them is what makes or breaks them.

One of the best examples of how attitude can affect a situation is the grocery store line. Everyone in line is in the same situation, they all want to check out and go home. Sometimes though the lines are long and it gets frustrating. If the people in line are grouchy, the time goes by slow. If the people are visiting and happy, the time goes faster. One person can come up to the line and loud, grouchy and hateful which has  been known to rub off on the rest of the group making everyone cranky, mean to the clerk and everyone leaves the store in a bad mood. On the other hand the if the people in line do not let the grouchy person change their attitudes and respond with smiles and laughter, they might just turn the grouchy persons attitude around and the experience is still frustrating but the clerk does not get yelled at and everyone leaves the store in a good mood.

Everyone is different, beliefs differ, values differ and attitudes can be different for each person on a daily basis. Learning to get along with the differences and work together to help each other is the best way for beliefs, values and attitude to affect a learner’s success in a positive way.


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