Since every student is eager to feel themselves a part of their classroom community, teachers can help them to feel welcomed as well as comfortable. Construction of positive community begins with first day at school or even beforehand. Teachers may reach out to new learners via welcome letter to tell them how important they are to you and how excited you are for them to arrive and be a part of the classroom. you may also share which appealing projects have been planned for them to take part in over coming year. Establishing a positive classroom community.
Once student show up, they crave for that peculiar sense of being inside the community and feel a part of it. Students should be told frequently and repeatedly of their importance in the classroom. especially, it should be reiterated mainly during first few weeks of school. Engage students in a question-answer session allowing them around 45 seconds to respond. The most common answers can be shared among groups.
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Help students with keeping track of time and also listen carefully to what their peers have to share. You may ask them what music they like, what place will they like to go if they get a chance to travel for free or what is their favorite place among the ones they have visited. It often happens that despite being classmates, students still feel disconnected.
As a teacher, you can help them lower the barriers. Every time you ask a question, ask all the students to tell if the answer given by one student holds true for them as well. You may ask pupils having common areas to move to a separate spot in classroom and share their interest in more detail. Students can be asked about their birth places, their names, where their families come from and what festivals they love to celebrate.
Ask them to stand up if they were born out of country, can play a musical instrument, play a sport, like to read, or remember quotes from poems or books. Once they share the common areas, like reading fiction or horror stories, or playing the same sport, group them together to talk about their interests.