So how do you build that sense of community? Well, I have gathered up 10 of my favorite activities to share with you today.
1. FRIEND WANTED ADS
This activity is perfect for helping students build new relationships at the beginning of the year. The anonymity boosts confidence and allows students to approach new friendships without judgement.
I wrote a longer post describing this activity in greater detail over on iTeach Third’s Blog. You can check it out [HERE].
2. IF EVERYBODY DID
I find this book to be a great way to instill a sense of personal responsibility in your classroom. I like having students personalize a page of this book. We publish the collection and keep it for a reference in our library.
3. My Kind of Smart
Another fun part of this activity is having students comment on the smarts they observe in their peers. I love any opportunity to have students recognize the strengths in one another!
4. RESPECT LOOKS LIKE/SOUNDS LIKE
5. HOPES AND DREAMS
6. SUPPORTINGI HOPES AND DREAMS
7. FRIEND FINDER
9. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL POEM
10. I WISH MY TEACHER/CLASSMATE KNEW
This is an activity I like to introduce in the beginning of the year, but keep it running all year long. These notes help me gain insight into my students world. The things students will tell you when given the chance can truly make you a better teacher for them, and help decrease their anxieties by sharing.
I have bundled these activities together with some helpful tips, more in depth directions, and provided some additional samples to help you prepare for your school year. You can grab them by clicking [HERE] or by clicking on the image below.
Wishing you a wonderful start to your school year, and here’s to building a community that you and your students are proud to be a part of!