Importance of Classroom Community

What is Classroom Community?

  • A classroom community is an environment in which students feel valued as individuals, and connected to their teacher and to each other.  
  • Students have confidence in their need to belong, be competent, experience independence, and have fun can be met in the community.
  • Students believe they have something to offer the community and the community has something to offer them.
  • Students feel connected to their teacher and with each other.
Types of Community
  • a group of people living in a particular local area
  • common ownership
  • a group of nations having common interests
  • agreement as to goals 


Communities build and honor family ties, have a sense of place and memory through traditions and customs, and base their decisions on shared goals and directions. People have a say about what happens on a daily and long-term basis and share in decision-making in communities.

 

Communities Outside of School
  • Family
  • Neighborhoods
  • Cultural groups/organizations
  • Racial groups/organizations
  • Religious groups/organizations
  • LGBTQ 

Every child is part of a community outside of the school and classroom. This community helps to define who they are and what they will become.

 

School Community
  • Expectations/guidelines
  • Assemblys
  • School-wide programs (literacy night, culture day, etc)
  • Clubs and/or groups
  • After-school programs

The entire school itself is a community of teachers, students, and supervisors. This community helps students grow, learn, and collaborate through set expectations and rules. Everyone in a school benefits when it is made clear that as a community each person has concern for the rest of its members.

 

Classroom Community
  • Classroom rules and expectations
  • Collaboration
  • Routines and procedures
  • Cultural awareness and exceptance

The classroom is a major community for each and every student. Students and their teacher work together in order to set expectations, goals, and traditions. Each child should feel as though they are apart of this community and have a voice in the events that occur within the classroom.

Benefits

 

  • Children’s basic needs are met [Students increase their sense of safety, belonging, and self-esteem].
  • Resiliency is promoted
  • There is inclusion for all students
  • Children are exposed to lessons in positive values, respect, and responsibility
  • Collaborative learning encourages positive and fulfilling relationships with others
  • A child's social, emotional, and academic competence is promote

Student Behavior

 

  • “Improving teacher-student relationships is only the first step toward meeting students’ emotional and relational needs. A teacher should also work on producing a caring community of learners. Such efforts improve the nature of interactions among students and promote students’ engagement in school (Hamre & Pianta, 2005; McCombs, 2004; Meece, 2003; Meece et al., 2003; Weinberger & McCombs, 2003).”
  • Students tend to be more concerned about others
  • More skilled at resolving conflict than others who were not a part of a classroom community. 
  • Healthy conflict resolution skills results in students learning to cooperate within society in their future.
  • Meets their need to bond
  • Anti-bullying environment 

Student Motivation

 

  • Classroom community encourages students to attend school everyday, achieve and work towards goals, encourage others to work hard, enhance social skills, and have inspiration to follow the rules.