A classroom community has detailed and identifiable characteristics that 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 thriving 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 the right classroom community calls for constant practice and planning.
As a teacher, I will be responsible for setting guidelines and ensuring the students become accountable 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 providing they take part in authentic opportunities and events to work with classmates and also model what good writers and readers do by employing think-aloud 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 resources above.
- 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.