Sunday, August 16, 2015

Creating a Safe Place to Belong

How do you create a safe place for all of your students to feel a sense of belonging? How do you ensure that all students know that your expectation is that we treat each other with respect? How do you help students see the value in all classmates, no matter their differences, quirks, or unique qualities? Well, I do this through my theme-based community meeting program! On the first day of school, I read Big Al by Andrew Clements. Big Al is one of the strangest looking fish in the sea and all he wants is to "belong" with the other fish. As the other fish eventually find out, Big Al is also one of the nicest fish in the sea whose look and size can come in handy as the other fish soon find out!
You can read all about how I use Big Al to create a sense of belonging in my classroom on the first day of school. In my Setting the Foundation for Belonging Blog Post, I go through my lesson step-by-step and provide you with free bulletin board materials and journal pages. Check it out and you have part of your first day (or first week) of school planned out and you have set the foundation for belonging!

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