Building Community at Eastbrook
First days of school~by Brenda Boulais, Instructional Coach
Summer is over and so much to learn...
You are the primary person that your students will encounter in their day. Build a classroom community by naming your class, or your learning clubs, allowing the students to have ownership. For Kindergarten maybe call the tables by colors until you name them. Allow the students to have plenty of practice on how to do the simple tasks such as lining up, throwing away trash, handling supplies, putting away supplies, cleaning up, even pushing in chairs.
The more you allow the students to take ownership the more they will love their classroom and their teacher. Firmness with consistency is your goal.
Use anchor charts with their contributions
Show passion and purpose
Brains like to understand the purpose of learning. Aren't we learning to make something of ourselves and to be agents of change in our world, our nation, our community, our school?