Today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever before. As a result, teachers find themselves searching for ways to meet the needs of each student. Add to it the pressures of academic achievement goals mandated by NCLB and many may feel ill-equipped to meet the challenges of diversity in the classroom.
Planning perfect lessons with exciting activities looks great on paper, but will it help your students reach their potential? Probably not. If there is anything I learned during my time as a public school teacher is this: The height of student achievement is directly correlated with the strength of the classroom community. By building community in the classroom, you build an environment where students feel safe to learn, grow and be themselves.
Building a caring classroom is the surest way to achieve the results you desire.
Here are a few ways to build a community of caring learners, focused on achievement and inclusion:
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Do you have any particular tips for building community in your classroom?