It is important for us to appreciate how we support our students in this way, making them feel safe, secure and valued, connecting with them as people, getting to know them and providing the opportunities and environment for them to get to know each other. This builds collaboration and a family feel to our classrooms - a great foundation for learning.
- greeting every student at the beginning of the day as they enter the classroom, with our full attention in that small moment
- asking each student at some point in the day, ‘How are you?' or ‘How is everything going?’
- chatting during some activities or while eating lunch - letting them share about themselves
- starting the day with or taking a moment in the day to connect as a class family – to have a community circle where each person, including the teacher, shares something
- ensuring that everyone feels part of things like creating the guidelines for the classroom, brainstorming and recording how they want the class to look, run, sound and feel
- supporting them to develop responsibility for themselves and each other
- having the opportunity for students to write about what they appreciate about themselves and others in their classroom.
The list above is just a sample of the many ways we can connect with the students in our care and establish an environment in our school settings that inspires true community.