ERIC Number: ED390813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Creating Your Own Classroom Community. Strategies for Teaching and Learning Professional Library.
This publication is part of a series of monographs on the art of teaching. Each volume, focusing on a specific discipline, explores theory in the context of teaching strategies connected to evaluation of both teachers' and students' learning. Three techniques are offered for use of the guide: dialogues (as self-evaluation and in study groups), shop talk (review of current professional literature), and teacher-to-teacher field notes (tips and experiences from practicing educators). This volume, containing five chapters, focuses on strategies to build a collaborative classroom community. Chapter 1 discusses the definition of community, and compares teacher centered versus learner centered education. Chapter 2 outlines how knowing students as individuals contributes to creating a sense of community in the classroom, along with other key elements: use of rites, ceremonies, and celebrations, and using discipline as a means to develop self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency rather than simply submissiveness to authority. Chapter 3 examines how the physical environment contributes to the sense of community, including arranging areas for specific activities such as science, arts, group meetings, and building a classroom library. Chapter 4 looks at the teacher's role and the students' role, using classroom inquiry as a way to organize the curriculum, theme cycles, and learning skills. Chapter 5 discusses extending the community beyond the school through kids helping kids programs, parental involvement both informally and through structured programs, and community resources. A list of professional associations and publications is included. (Contains 58 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Community, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Discipline, Elementary Education, Learning Centers (Classroom), Learning Strategies, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Styles
Stenhouse Publishers, 431 York St., York, ME 03909.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Galef Inst., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: For related documents, see SP 036 366-371.