Issue No. 4

Finding Community

Issue No. 4

Finding Community

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Creating a Community of Learners that Support Each Other

Creating a Community of Learners that Support Each Other

It is important to share with your students, ways to think about themselves as members of a community of learners. Teachers need common language to use that makes clear the ideas and “ways of being” that create that community. This list was made for a kindergarten classroom, but is meaningful for any age. This language is used in the classroom and it is shared with parents and families. Once these ideas are a common language in the classroom, teachers can use it to interact with children who are having various types of difficulty. Also, parents can use this language to ask their children about their school experiences.

1-I can work hard and try to do my best.

2-I like a challenge so I can learn and grow.  It is OK with me if something isn’t easy.

3-I am a good thinker and problem solver.

4-I can be a good learning friend.  I can work with other children to learn together.

5-I am a good friend that knows how to be kind and respectful.  I care.

6-I am a good helper and people need me.  I am an important part of our classroom and school community. It would not be the same without me.

7-I can show good character even when no one is watching me.

8-I can think and dream about things I might want to be when I grow up.


SUBMITTED BY

Nancy Gaies

retired kindergarten teacher
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