We’ve collaborated with experts to identify actionable practices that will help educators build a more caring classroom for students. Each practice is easy to try using the provided toolkit that includes a mix of self-reflection, classroom activities, and ways to share how the practice made a difference for your students.
There’s no time like the present to try something new in your classroom! Select a practice below and download the free toolkit to get started.
And, since we are a community of learners, we’d love your feedback. Once you’ve tried a practice, please share how it worked with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Value Mistakes and Focus on Improvement
Help students see mistakes as an important part of the learning processDownload Practice
The Gas Station Project
Teach students to understand their emotions and create a system they can use to take breaks when they need them.Download Practice
Relate Lessons to Students’ Lives
Increase student engagement in your classroom with these simple strategies.Download Practice
Ensure Students Feel Heard
Practice active listening, soliciting student input, and prolonging wait time in your classroom.Download Practice
Assess the feedback you give and learn new strategies to ensure your feedback is specific, actionable and supportive.Download Practice
Create Opportunities for Student Choice
Increase student engagement by offering choice in your classroom.Download Practice
Authentically Connect with Students
15-20 Minutes Per Activity
Use welcoming routines, knowledge of student interests, and your own story to build caring relationships.Download Practice
Find the Spark Within Students
Do you know what truly motivates them? Find out and increase motivation with this activity.Download Practice
Spread the Love
See how a few kind words can elevate, inspire, and foster a sense of belonging for students.Download Practice
The Gratitude Experiment
Spread gratitude across the school community with this simple activity.Download Practice
Co-Create the Environment
What does a caring classroom look and feel like? Plan with students to ensure your classroom can be a caring space all year.Download Practice
Does your room reflect your students and send the right messages about who can succeed? Make small changes to your classroom.Download Practice
About the Video
We’re a community of learners! In addition to being a place to find actionable practices, this is a place to connect and learn alongside others who are equally passionate about creating more caring classrooms.
Watch this video to see how you can try practices, share your story of how it went with your students, and spread the word about the importance of creating a caring classroom. By sharing your feedback and experience, you can help others make an impactful change in their classroom.
Every day brings new opportunities to create a more caring classroom. Thank you for all you do, and welcome to the #CaringClassroom community!