Thinking back on your own education, do you remember teachers, or do you remember methods and techniques? If you answered ‘teachers,’ then you’re with just about everyone else, because …
… teachers are the heart of the educational system. When they build belonging in their classroom, they’re building success for every student in their classroom.
Attend to Classroom Climate
As educators, we tend to believe our classroom is a neutral environment, but some settings are more inclusive and welcoming to certain types of students than we realize. It’s important to be mindful of how environments can feel “chilly” to some students and how other classrooms foster connections between the teacher and students, as well as between all of the students to each other.
One way to foster connections is for teachers to actively work to find common ground between students and provide opportunities for students to recognize similarities among their peers.
When provided with consistent opportunities to discover shared values with peers, students directly experience the sense of belonging they (and all humans – for that matter) require in order to manifest more of their full potential as learners and collaborative problem-solvers.