Event Title

Fostering a Positive and Collaborative Classroom Commnuity in the Elementary Classroom

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

Students typically seek a sense of belonging within their elementary classrooms. Increasing diversity and academic demands on students means teachers need to find new ways to create an inclusive and positive classroom community. Building teacher affiliation with students, using technology, and providing opportunities for collaboration may be useful in promoting a sense of community. This paper explores the effects of teacher affiliation, technology, and collaboration in fostering community, as well as potential struggles that may arise in the process. This study uses a qualitative self-study approach, and the data includes field notes and student feedback. The findings give credence to the use of close teacher affiliation, collaborative technologies, and increased collaborative opportunities as potential methods to increase a sense of community in the classroom. This study encourages further exploration into methods for creating positive classroom communities.

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Fostering a Positive and Collaborative Classroom Commnuity in the Elementary Classroom

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Students typically seek a sense of belonging within their elementary classrooms. Increasing diversity and academic demands on students means teachers need to find new ways to create an inclusive and positive classroom community. Building teacher affiliation with students, using technology, and providing opportunities for collaboration may be useful in promoting a sense of community. This paper explores the effects of teacher affiliation, technology, and collaboration in fostering community, as well as potential struggles that may arise in the process. This study uses a qualitative self-study approach, and the data includes field notes and student feedback. The findings give credence to the use of close teacher affiliation, collaborative technologies, and increased collaborative opportunities as potential methods to increase a sense of community in the classroom. This study encourages further exploration into methods for creating positive classroom communities.