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Building a Classroom Community: Creating an Environment for Connection and Learning

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Building a Classroom Community: Creating an Environment for Connection and Learning

This PDF is designed to help you lay a foundation of community and care as you welcome students into the classroom, whether it is at the start of an academic year, of a new term, or at the beginning of a relationship with a new class. It contains a range of activities, reflection questions and routines that will help you build a classroom community and ground student-teacher relationships in trust, connection, and understanding.

This resource is divided into the following sections, and contains exercises that can be used both in-person and remotely:

  1. Prepare to Welcome Your Students Back to School
  2. Activities for Building Classroom Community
  3. Establishing Opening and Closing Routines

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Community Matters: A Facing History and Ourselves Approach to Advisory

Our newly redesigned advisory curriculum for grades 8–10 contains a year’s worth of activities, student handouts, and best practices to help you build student-centered spaces where honest questioning, discussion, and social and academic growth can occur.

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Global Immigration

Becoming American Study Guide

Help students investigate identity and belonging through a film about generations of Chinese immigrants in the United States and their paths to "becoming American."

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The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

This resource details the events that unfolded in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II and the war crimes known today as the Nanjing Atrocities.

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Race in US History

Teaching Mockingbird

Use this resource to transform how you teach Harper Lee’s novel by integrating historical context, documents, and sources that reflect the African American voices absent from Mockingbird's narration.

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Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.