“A successful classroom community promotes positive social skills and academic achievement. Children learn best when they feel they are part of a community, where everyone feels accepted and where individuality is encouraged. Creating a classroom community requires planning and practice. Foster a sense of belonging where children learn how to participate in class meetings, work collaboratively, and resolve conflicts peacefully with some of these resources.”
Here you’ll find thematic lesson plans, teaching ideas and articles for developing friendship and community in your classroom. This is particularly important when you have students with disabilities and students who are English Language Learners in your class. They will often have a difficult time making friends and may even be picked on by their classmates for being different. Too often we focus solely on the academic progress of our students when the true measure of their success in school and in adult life is going to be their social skills.