first 6 days of school...and we have been working hard to learn some routines, get to know each other, and establish some positive classroom culture "vibes". I thought I'd share a few snapshots of some of the things we did to build our new community!
Of course, there were tons of things we did that I haven't included...lots of anchor charts about expectations, shared picture books, body breaks (thanks, GoNoodle!), and more...but each of the things I have pictured did SOMETHING to move us forward in our attempt to build our classroom family. We have started talking at length about "growth mindsets" as well--and a post will be coming soon about that!
The first thing I want to establish early on is collaboration--in my class, we work together ALL THE. TIME. Asking students just coming off of summer break to work in groups is not always reasonable...so I always start by establishing partnership expectations. We talk about how to work together...how to invite your partner to participate...how to make sure we know how to help and ask for help, and so on. This simple "making words" activity was a simple way for partners to work together and practice that "give and take".
|This is a part of a building classroom community resource. Click HERE to see this one and the other activities included in it.|
|This project is another part of my resource with ideas to build classroom community. Click HERE to see more.|
shy ------- outgoing
rarely participate in class ------- participate a lot
leader --------- follower
We came back together as a class and had a discussion about these ideas--and how they impact learning and how we need to understand and appreciate each other. We talked about positive leaders and negative leaders. About ways to participate in class--even when it's hard. How to help shy students feel more comfortable--and how to not be overbearing if you are outgoing! I am hopeful that all students have done some thinking about their role in our "family"--and how to make sure they can help others feel valued as well.
HERE. Students got SO excited to see all their options and to grab their first book. We are off are ready to read now!
|This form is from my "Getting Ready for a Year of Reading" resource.|