Building a Healthy Classroom Community
When 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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