How do classroom meetings affect the classroom community? More specifically, will these meetings be an effective use of time?
I knew that teaching reading responses was very important, but I also knew that teaching community building skills was equally important. My sense of its importance was reinforced when, soon after the start of the year, a few incidents happened that seemed to make students feel unhappy in the classroom. I began to hold Emergency Meetings when a child would come from recess crying about an incident that happened on the playground or when a child was upset about something that happened to him/her in the classroom. Soon, I started to notice that something was working. Kids seemed to feel better. The problem was surfaced, discussed, and, many times, resolved. From that point forward, I began to study the impact of these class meetings in order to find out what students were gaining from them.
Classroom Management and School Culture
New York City
PS 58 Carroll School
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