Looking for concrete strategies to build community within a classroom? Teach For America highlights several strategies for using a respectful tone, establishing a bond with students, valuing all students, and conflict resolution amongst students.
The Child Development Project is an example of signature elementary-level school improvement program that aims to teach students to be kind, respectful, and caring. My favorite strategies that are part of the program include cross-grade "buddies" activities, home involvement, and class meetings!
Have you tried providing visible cues in the classroom, clock partners, circle of friends, and empowering student leadership with your class? Mishael Hittie reviews the rationale and these great examples of how a teacher can build community in the classroom.
Want to see how group goal-setting, brainstorming, peer feedback, group decision-making, positive reinforcement, and positive peer pressure can create a safe, supportive learning environment? Check out this series of lesson plans from the UNC School of Education.
Being mindful of how you communicate to students is critical to your classroom climate. I love how this teacher uses words of encouragement to foster positive student behavior and a classroom environment safe for communication and conversations.