As you get back to your regular teaching schedules in physical classrooms, building a strong community among students who haven’t been exposed to socializing for long is crucial. It can enhance the sense of belonging and help students feel at home in new classroom environments.
Here are some tips to help you cultivate a sense of belonging and build a community in your classroom.
With online learning, birthday celebrations often get lost and cannot be experienced as vividly in an online environment. As your students return to school, show them that their birthdays are valued and celebrated with pride and enthusiasm.
Keep a list of birthdays, sing a song for the birthday student, throw confetti, and improvise to make your student feel truly special. It’s a great way to build community, create a sense of belonging, and have some fun memories.
Every time a student makes progress, like solving a difficult math problem or pronouncing a word they haven’t been able to pronounce right, leverage this opportunity to celebrate their achievements. Wondering how you can do this?
One way is to create a growth wall or use a blackboard dedicated to students’ growth. Each time a student achieves something, add it to the wall and decorate it. You can use stars and more adornments to celebrate the achievement.
Your students are deeply connected to their roots and festivals. In a country like India, cultural occasions and festivals abound. Use this to have wonderful Diwali, Eid, and Christmas celebrations every year, asking students to describe the unique ways in which they celebrate their festivals to the classrooms.
A strong community in your classroom will be the saving grace for your students as they return to physical classes after a long break. Make the best of it, celebrate, and create a sense of belonging. Let us know below if you have any questions or comments.
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