Years ago—I was a fourth grade teacher at the time—the principal mandated every grade level to choose one way to build 社区 in their classrooms. We had to agree on something as a team, and then follow through with the idea for an entire school year.
The idea being, if we focus on being nice to each other, it will encourage 社区-like behavior. This is a popular notion today among educators. And there is nothing wrong with it. It’s nice to be nice.
But it’s a weak 社区 builder. Being nice is the result of a strong 社区; it’s not the cause.
Building classroom 社区 is teacher-speak for saying that we want our students to have camaraderie and teamwork. And like so much in education, the way we go about trying to attain it is backwards.
Being nice, kind, and appreciative are wonderful traits, but merely telling students to be nice or making them pretend to be nice via kind letters and 社区 circles carries little meaning because it doesn’t come from the students themselves.
Attempting to build 社区 this way, therefore, is a waste of precious learning time. 您’ll end up constantly harping on the importance of being nice, but with little to show for it.
The whole idea of having a strong 社区 is that we want our students to act without prompting. We want teamwork and camaraderie to be who they are and how they choose behave, not something foisted upon them 通过 the teacher.
Unfortunately no. There are conditions that members of an athletic team are forced to confront that, when nurtured, have the unique power to build a loving and caring 社区.
1. The presence of an 诱人的目标.
After winning our first game of 夺旗 in three tries against our rivals from the classroom next door, and after shaking hands with the vanquished, my sixth graders danced and high-fived each other all the way back to the classroom.
A thirty-minute experience like this is priceless and will build 社区 far better than coercing mumbled platitudes from students during class meetings. And the close bonds that are developed through repeated experiences carry over to everything they do in the classroom.
In 下周’s 文章, I’m going to expand on these conditions and share specific ways you can use them to build the kind of close-knit 社区 that makes 教室安排 一个简单的命题。
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