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What are some good ways to build community in my classroom?

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I use Proactive Circles regularly in my room which really helps. I also like to involve students in decision making when appropriate (“Would you prefer I read this chapter out loud or you read it independently?” Then take a vote.) Giving them ownership over different things that you can helps them to feel like it’s their room too, and are more likely to work for their classroom community. I also stress that we are a team and we work together to achieve certain goals. I also often will reflect with them. I’ll often ask, “What went well? What can we work on? What should be our focus as a class next week?”

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Community circles to talk about class issues. They get to decide which issues they want to tackle. And student voice in some activities.

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