I treat students fairly in all cases. Every student has something different to bring to the table and every student should be recognized for their strengths. At the same time, I want my classroom community to be one where students are also able to identify where they can improve and build off the strengths of one another to make themselves stronger as a body of learners. Every student has the desire to succeed and I want to foster this desire in my classroom.
Establishing a strong foundation of community in a classroom does take more time and effort. But the ultimate benefits to the classroom, teacher and students are immeasurable...
4. Learn Teamwork
Learning the skills of working cooperatively as a group will equip students with a life long ability to function appropriately and productively with others.
Making the time and effort to establish relationships with my students building a classroom community is such a worthwhile endeavor. When a student feels like a teacher cares enough about him or her to want to establish a relationship and they feel like an important member of a group, it lays down the foundation for a positive and successful school year for both the teacher and the students.