Building a Healthy Classroom Community

Building a Healthy Classroom CommunityWhen starting off a new year one of the most important parts is to begin building the classroom community. This involves working out what each individual child brings to the class and then working on bringing all these wonderful differences and similarities together to form a positive classroom community, which enables each child to feel accepted and included.

When students start out in ECLC1 they are just beginning to work and play alongside and with other students in the classroom. You will see most playing with the same toys but they may not be communicating with the other students around them. As the year progresses and through different whole group activities they begin to want to have others join them in activities and share their ideas with friends.

Within ECLC a part of this is to have each member of the class, the teachers and students to bring in a family photo which is displayed around the room. This allows the students to link their home lives to the class. They really enjoy being able to show you their families and ask others about their families.

Circle time is another wonderful whole class time where students can come together to sing, dance, share ideas and work together. This time really builds the classroom community as all are involved and part of what is happening. In ECLC 1A students have really developed this classroom community and now enjoy taking part in their own student directed circle time during their guided play. It is obvious from observing this that the students understand that part of being a group is taking turns and accepting others choices.

Communication is also another big part of a healthy classroom community. In ECLC 1A students have been working on this while working together in the block area. They need to decide together what they are going to construct and how. This can lead to many apposing ideas but through talking with them how to talk out a problem and accept others contributions they are beginning to work positively together.

If students feel valued for who they are and part of the classroom life they will be more prepared to learn  and take part in all activities.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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