I've been doing some research this summer on how important it is to build community in a classroom and in a school. When people feel like they belong and have connections to others in a group they are more productive, healthier and have a greater level of satisfaction than those who are doing it on their own. So, I've been thinking about how to build community in my classroom and I have a few ideas:
- Be intentional about celebrations - birthdays, reaching goals, big life changes (https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/does-your-school-h...)
- Teach the skills necessary to be a good "friend" (https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-does-it-mean-...)
- Laugh together (https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-gives-you-the...)
I'm going to develop some Week 1 discussions based on these Wonders of the Day. Hopefully my students will see the importance of us becoming a classroom community and will help me with my goal to be more intentional.