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Problem Statement

What are two simple things you can do every day to create a sense of belonging for your students?

Belonging

2 months ago

Making myself as a teacher known. I teach a special class, but by leading extracurriculars and learning gen ed students names it promotes inquiry into my classroom and students. Second, we push out...

A Day Without Women

3 months ago

On March 8, 2017 The Women's March organizers have requested that we participate in "a Day Without Women". Many teachers cannot take the day off because their students need them. What if we asked...

Mrs. Amanda Beckett started an autobiography project in her third, fourth and fifth grade ESL classes that gave students the opportunity to write about something significant that happened in their...

A Voice at the Table

5 months ago

Student Voice come with baggage. It often comes wrapped up in a "share your story" kind of mess. Of couse, as an English teacher, I like stories. I think they are important. But we have been...

Adopt basic elements of the design thinking mindset to transform your classroom practices -- particularly cycles of discovering through empathy, prototyping behaviors, and learning from feedback.

These two ideas are from two of my favorite teachers. The first from my high school math teacher. She left a calendar up in the classroom. Whenever we had events we were in, such as band concerts,...

Co-Pilot/Compadres

5 months ago

Co-Pilot/Compadres is an intensive intervention that focuses on promoting social, emotional, and academic competence (Social Emotional Learning/SEL) skills in students. They are pairing students up...

Whatever you are teaching about, whether it is algebra, history, literature, psychology, etc. is about folks. We use the knowledge, interact with others based on those ideas, and bear a...

When talking about groups of people in the U.S., make sure that the you don't use just "African/Hispanic/Native/Asian-American" but also European-American. "When European-American settlers came...

Look them in the eye

6 months ago

1. Greet every student you meet (in the hallway, coming into school, etc.) with something positive and their name.

2. Listen to everything a kid says. When you listen intently to the non-important...

2 simple things

6 months ago

The first thing is to truly love your Ss. Your every action in your building is centered around your love for them and helping them find who they are in relation to society, content, each other,...

Encouraging Floor

6 months ago

I encourage questions, comments, concerns in my classroom. I tell my students that I am here to make them think, not tell them how to think. For this very reason, when a student has a hard time...

Share

6 months ago

Ask students to share one thing that happen to them that was good.

Ask them to write down things they wish their teachers knew about them.

It may seem such a simple concept, but making the time each day to ask how a student is doing - what's good, what's not - can make all the difference in the world. Taking the time to jot down those...

Check In/Check Out

6 months ago

There are a lot of ways to do this, but the basic idea is to check in with kids at the beginning of the day, and check out with them at the end.

We have "Purple Spirit" cards, and I try to send, by the end of the year, one of these postcards home for every high school student I teach, with a personal note about an academic success, an act...

Students with disabilities are students first. Disabilities are just one part of their unique personality and character. When speaking or writing, we should acknowledge the person first and the...

Have your class divide up physically within your classroom based on some questions. For example, cat people stand over here, dog people stand over here, non-pet people stand here. Then tell them...

High Five or Hug?

6 months ago

To put an exclamation mark at the end of our day together, I place myself at the door each afternoon and offer my students a high five or hug goodbye. They choose. It's a great way to connect our...

Esta experiencia fue desarrollada con la finalidad de demostrar cuanto pueden las TIC dentro del aula facilitar y acelerar nuevos aprendizajes. Si bien no poseo conocimientos específicos sobre...

Compliments Empower

6 months ago

One student takes the hot seat in front of a white board while classmates fill the white board with positive, school appropriate words and phrases. Quietly play music in the background to establish...

When students are empowered to have choice in their education and allowed to have independent voices, they must learn how to consider the impact their messages will have on the audience, and also,...

Refinement of Incorporate Student Voice & Choice In The Classroom & School

Allowing choice in the classroom at how students approach a standard or activity, or by allowing student voice in school decisions through student voice teams and focus groups is important to...

Warmly greet students

6 months ago

A simple thing you can do every day to create a sense of belonging is to warmly greet each student by their name as they enter your classroom. This small act of recognition and kindness can signal...

Two simple things you can do to promote belonging are to:

  1. Use students' names, and
  2. Correctly pronounce students' names

These strategies can signal to students that they are recognized and respected,...

Kudos!

6 months ago

Not my original idea but I absolutely love it. Create a space (or bag, or hat, etc...) for students to drop in cards with compliments about each other. Throughout the day/week, grab one or two and...

Moment of Mindfulness

6 months ago

Something I love to do on a daily basis is a technique I adapted from a fellow educator. Just after the warmup, I have a "moment of zen". During this moment, I hit a special chime and tell the...

Philosophy for Children is a program where student's ask and answer their own questions in a community circle with set norms and thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to generate their own...

Refinement of Philosophy for Children

Morning Meetings

6 months ago

Simply remember that we are teaching humans that have lives outside the academic realm goes a long way. Talking to your students about non academic aspects of life fosters mutual respect among...

Sharing and caring

6 months ago

I ask my students to blog about their lives and I try to comment on everyone's blog, even just a line. Other students also comment on their blogs. Sometimes you can learn a lot about their lives,...

Children can sit in a community circle with a community ball. This is called Philosophy for Children. Children then create their own questions or "wonders" to talk about during that circle time....

Speak as people

6 months ago

Step outside the teacher-student roles for a moment and have a non-school related conversation. Identify a topic that you can discuss with each student (sports, clubs, food, siblings, music,...

Simple hand shake...

6 months ago

After reading through various student twitter chats, I have learned that there are some simple things that can change the atmosphere of a classroom. A hand shake welcomes all who enter our...

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Problem Statement

How might we enhance school activities or rituals to cultivate a sense of belonging for students?

subscribe to the newsletter "feel like you belong" and use it as a tool for faculty discussion. the purpose of the organization is to share the life stories of immigrants, expatriates, and refugees...

Preplanning

6 months ago

tT really takes preplanning to consider every student. Being mindful of your kids that aren't always naturally included. Think about your students that are low cognitively, with behavior needs,...

My primary students consistently create far better incentives than I could imagine. The trinkets in my little Class Dojo store have turned into Pokemon Power lunch passes, Scrap Paper Snow Ball...

Every time there was a challenge in our class, we had a community meeting to help solve the challenge. Community meeting topics can be suggested by teachers or students, and will be discussed at a...

Highlight Students

6 months ago

Have students in charge of the events of the day, taking ownership of the acitivities

Common Meeting Times

6 months ago

Many middle schools and some high schools have common meeting times- a SPIN time, for example. Use that time for activities and discussions that promote a sense of belonging.

Polling students to see what their interests are and then using that data to create club offerings for them is a way to practically meet the needs of all students while at the same time connecting...

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Problem Statement

How might we connect with a student who doesn't feel accepted or safe in school? Who else needs to be involved?

I have learned so much this year about our/my students by forming a closer relationship with my school's social worker, nurse, and psychologist. These 3 have so much intimate knowledge of some of...

Create a network of 5

6 months ago

Are you in my 5? Kids need at least five adults who actively support them in life (in or out of school) to experience a feeling of safeness in their day to day living. In the past, kids had two...

Olweus

6 months ago

Our school implemented Olweus this year which is an anti-bullying program. Every Monday, every certified staff, meets with theirs groups of 15 students for 45 minute school. Student she got to...

The first two weeks of school are super important to me. This is when we build our Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals. Every student has an active part in what our class is going to look like,...

Networking

6 months ago

Knowing your students as a "whole person" (not just the academic side) allows you to better understand the likes and dislikes of each individual. As students struggle with peer acceptance, knowing...

Our Story. Our Truth.

6 months ago

Our personal narratives are powerful tools for building the connective tissue that builds belongingness and community. As a teacher, sharing an experience you've had with a student who may be going...

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Problem Statement

Tell us about a teacher, principal or other staff member who is a leader in creating a sense of belonging for students

Many districts and schools have dedicated staff members who help students with significant needs. However, I want to give a shout out to Dr. Deborah Powers. She is helping me to create a small...

I would like to shine a spotlight on Nicole Glowark, a fifth-grade special education teacher who radiates positivity each and every day towards both her students and colleagues. Mrs. Glowark uses...

Flexible Movement

4 months ago

We have a teacher in my building (Ms. Frambes) who does a fantastic job of providing students with flexible movement breaks during her class. For example, some students are permitted to sit on...

Several years ago, Spanish teacher Fernando Campus established "Destino Success," a club that provided opportunities for students at my school to learn about Latino culture and created leadership...

Let students design their own learning spaces.

What goes around...

6 months ago

Since she called me out, I'm calling out Ciji Thurman @RineyvilleElem She's out 4th grade science teacher and apart form being dressed to the 9s every day, she's creative and sincere. Her class...

Peep in View

6 months ago

Our principal is outside for arrival and dismissal to welcome students by name with a smile in the rain, shine, or snow! She is also in the cafeteria to help with lunch duty. She is ALSO outside at...

Super Newton

6 months ago

In the school in which I "play" there is an educator by the name of Nick Newton. Not only is he always there to give ideas, suggestions, and just a kind word, he is THE BEST low incidence teacher I...

3:1 Supports

6 months ago

My superintendent, Houston Barber, has implemented an initiative for our district: 3:1 supports. This means every student in the district will receive academic supports, social/emotional supports,...

LIFTJCPS

6 months ago

A teacher at my school named Stan Torzewski is leading an initiative in our district called LIFTJCPS. His movement is engaging students outside of typical education system and allowing them to...

My son's teacher, grade 2, has a beautiful practice called Celebrity of the Week. It's a great welcoming activity for elementary. Each week a new student is randomly chosen. During the week...

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