Community Building

Community Building

To help create a caring classroom community, the CDP asked teachers to address students’ need for belonging by conducting a number of structured activities to help both students and teacher get to know and care about one another. To help meet students’ need for autonomy, CDP encouraged teachers to conduct regular class meetings and provide students with opportunities for self-regulation as well as choice in their academic activities. In addition to building a caring, moral community, all of the videos below show classroom activities that support the Common core standards in that they will eventually enable “all students to participate in real, substantive discussions that require them to respond directly to the ideas of their peers.”[1]

To support the building of a caring community, the CDP staff created the following resources, Among Friends: Classrooms Where Caring and Learning Prevail and Ways We Want Our Class to Be: Class meetings that Build Commitment to Kindness and Learning  which are available at www.devstu.org.





[1] Coleman, David & Pimentel, Susan. (2012). Revised publishers’ criteria for the commin core state standards in English language arts and literacy, grades 3-12.





El Sistema Solar

El Sistema Solar

A third-grade bilingual class holds a series of class meetings to brainstorm, narrow their choices, and agree on what they want to study in a six-week science unit.

Inside a Learning Community: Modeling a Future

Inside a Learning Community: Modeling a Future

This 30 minute video shows Laura Ecken’s second/third grade learning community in action three different times across the school year.

Inside a Learning Community: The First Week of School

Inside a Learning Community: The First Week of School

This video shows several community building activities in Laura Ecken’s full inclusion second-third grade class (the class chronicled in the book Learning to Trust) during the first week of school.

September

September

In this video we see students in a fifth/sixth grade class, supported by their teacher, work together in partnerships and in class meetings to decide on the values they would like to guide their classroom behavior.

Talking Artifacts

Talking Artifacts

After watching a model by their teacher and classroom aide, third grade students in a Spanish bilingual class in Hawyard, California tell a partner about a special artifact they have brought from home, draw about their partner’s artifact, and in partners tell the rest of the class about their partner’s artifact.

Teasing

Teasing

In January, the same class that is shown in “September” setting guidelines for their behavior reflect in a class meeting on how well they are living up to their goals.

Trying To Be Good Friends

Trying To Be Good Friends

A first grade class discusses how to be friends and some of the things that make it hard to act in friendly ways.

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