I am a contributing teacher author for Who’s Who and Who’s New blog hop and i’m so excited to share some of my ideas for building a classroom community.
Building a strong sense of community can really make a difference in your classroom. A common phrase we say with our students is “Create the community you want to live in” and I am a strong believer that children who have a strong sense of community in their classroom have a higher level of respect. They respect one another, as well as, their surroundings.
It is not uncommon for teachers to have classroom jobs. Most teachers have some sort of classroom job/classroom helper bulletin board in their rooms. I, like most teachers have one of these bulletin boards. I have “Jungle Jobs” for my students.
My “Jungle Jobs” are just like most jobs you will find in a kindergarten classroom. We have our “messengers” our “pencil sharpeners” our “line leaders” etc.
We all know that by giving student’s jobs it helps build their sense of responsibility and self worth. When I first started teaching, I struggled with assigning jobs to everyone so the entire class can cooperate together. This year I will start “Animal Jobs” where each student will have a job that corresponds with their table/group.
Having each student have a job throughout the day helps build a sense of community among the classroom. Students take pride in their jobs and also respect our classroom. By giving jobs, like sweeping and wiping down tables, students gain a sense of community with the feeling of “we are all in this together.” From my experience, once i’ve implemented table jobs, students cared more about their personal space, as well as, encouraged other students to respect our classroom.
How my Animal Jobs work:
My classroom is set up in four tables with five or six students at each table. My tables are classified by colors.
If any of your grew up in the 90s you’ll know those are names from Legends of the Hidden Temple. For short reference with the kids I call them by their colors.
Each chair at the table has an animal in the corresponding color box.
The jobs that are listed for my “Animal Jobs” are:
- Cleaning Crew
- Paper Passer
- Table Cleaner
- Chair Stacker
You can have my Animal Job pack for free by visiting my Facebook Page and clicking on the “Fan Freebies!” Tab
Next up on our blog hop is Ms. Lilypad’s Littles!