It is not just the books or the teachers that have an impact on a student’s ability to learn. Even their classroom, particularly its design, makes the difference between learning in a fun or dull way.
You would not want children to just stare at the four walls of the classroom the whole time you are teaching a lesson, would you? Consider these factors when preparing for a new term:
You cannot cram as many students into a room as long as they will fit. There needs to be some allowance for them to be comfortable beyond the student classroom desk you equip them with.
Some students feel uncomfortable when others are in their personal space, and that personal space might be an arm’s length or more. If they feel uncomfortable, they will not be able to concentrate on lessons.
A classroom that is too warm or too cold will not be helping students focus on absorbing information from their books or teacher. All they will think about is getting out of the room to be free from the freezing temperatures or sweltering heat.
Check that the air conditioning is functioning properly and that every corner of the room is at the right temperature. You do not want that one student in the back to be getting sick from the cold while everyone else gets by alright.
You want students to learn, and you might think giving them additional readings helps. What you fail to consider, however, is that they might have other activities to do for each class.
That means students are overworked, and at a young age, they do not understand what it is all about. Check with other teachers to know whether students have enough time to do everything they are asked to do.
Even if you have the best teachers at school, that is no guarantee that students will learn. Consider the factors at play and improve each one when you can.