Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

This self-study investigates the creation of a community within a classroom. In this study, a classroom community is defined as a classroom in which students cultivate supportive friendships, feel safe to share, are respectful, responsible, value honesty, and care about each other and their teacher. The following questions were explored:

• "How can I create a community environment within the classroom?"

• "What does a classroom community look like within a fourth grade classroom?"

• "What are the positive impacts that a classroom community has upon students and teachers?"

Field notes describe interactions between students and peers and interactions between students and myself. The implementation of lesson plans and class wide programs also help to create community. I conclude that the creation of a classroom community benefits students socially and academically, and the success of the community depends upon a teacher' s implementation of community building strategies.

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Creating a Community Within the Classroom

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This self-study investigates the creation of a community within a classroom. In this study, a classroom community is defined as a classroom in which students cultivate supportive friendships, feel safe to share, are respectful, responsible, value honesty, and care about each other and their teacher. The following questions were explored:

• "How can I create a community environment within the classroom?"

• "What does a classroom community look like within a fourth grade classroom?"

• "What are the positive impacts that a classroom community has upon students and teachers?"

Field notes describe interactions between students and peers and interactions between students and myself. The implementation of lesson plans and class wide programs also help to create community. I conclude that the creation of a classroom community benefits students socially and academically, and the success of the community depends upon a teacher' s implementation of community building strategies.