Management of Classroom Community
A classroom community has detailed and identifiable characteristics which are offer a favorable learning environment. In a classroom community, both teachers and students have roles to play so that learning can take place flawlessly. The characteristics of a classroom community include: responsibility, opportunities, engagement, demonstration, risk taking, instructions, response, time management, and assessment. A successful classroom community plays a vital role in promoting academic excellence and positive social skills. Moreover, children learn best in an environment in which they feel that they are part of the community, where individuality is encouraged and where everyone feels accepted (Baturay & Bay, 2010). Creating a good classroom community calls for constant practice and planning.
As a teacher, I will be responsible by setting guidelines and ensuring the students become responsible for their behavior and learning in the classroom. This will further model responsible behavior in learners. Secondly, I will give opportunities to students by ensuring they write and read in meaningful activities. Thirdly, I will nurture engagement in students by ensuring they take part in authentic opportunities and activities to work with fellow classmates and also model what good writers and readers do by employing think-aloud in order to explain what they think. Also, I will motivate and encourage the students to take risks while exploring a new idea and make them know that failing is part of learning. Lastly, I will foster a sense of belonging in which children learn to work collaboratively, participate in class meetings, and resolve conflicts that arise amongst them peacefully with some of the aforementioned resources.
Baturay, M. H., & Bay, O. F. (2010). The effects of problem-based learning on the classroom community perceptions and achievement of web-based education students. Computers & Education, 55(1), 43-52.