It’s time to head back to the classroom and that means it’s time to start planning for how your classroom will run. Classroom management is a huge part of having a smooth and successful year. This means having a good system down for behavior management, reward systems, and building a classroom community.
What does classroom community mean?
If you don’t already know, a classroom community is defined as when the students in your classroom feel a sense of belonging and they come together to work towards the common goal of learning.
What makes a good classroom community?
In my opinion, a good classroom community is created when students feel a sense of responsibility, acceptance, and ownership in the classroom. In other words, students feel like they are a part of the family. It’s every teacher’s dream!
Now I know you may be wondering, how do I do that? To start, make your students feel welcome and valued. Spend some time getting to know your students and doing some team-building exercises so they get to know each other as well. Another thing I love to do is ask each student to bring in a photo of themselves and their family to hang on the “family wall”.
After that, it’s important to focus on the sense of belonging and responsibility. To do that, I use a classroom jobs system!
What are classroom jobs?
They are just what they sound like- jobs that each student is assigned in the classroom. It really helps students become active members of the classroom when they have a specific task that they alone responsible for. This could be line leader, trash monitor, homework helper, paper passer, photographers, and more!
If you are looking for an easy classroom jobs system, I have you covered! My Classroom Jobs resource makes it easy to implement jobs in your classroom and build your classroom community. It does this by helping students feel a sense of pride and belonging.
These are made with Google Slides that are editable. So if you think of a job that better suits your needs, you can add it right in!
I love having classroom jobs! They give my students a feeling of ownership and responsibility in our classroom. It also helps our classroom run smoothly, even when I’m not there! Students become experts at their jobs and take pride in their work. It’s so fun to see!
For more tips for creating a classroom community, check out my post here to learn about some great books for building community!