ERIC Number: ED477352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Building Classroom Communities: Strategies for Developing a Culture of Caring.
Levine, David A.
When taught social skills such as asking for help, working with others, and making decisions, children are better able to face lifes challenges. This guide offers theories behind and practices for consciously teaching social skills and applying them in the classroom setting to build a sense of community through shared experience and honorable action. The first section of the guide deals with the notion of a classroom community and offers suggestions for turning a group of students into a true community of learners. The second section spells out components of what the book refers to as a culture of caring. The next section provides the practitioner with a variety of group processes and team-building experiences designed to strengthen and maintain the classroom community. The final section focuses entirely on teaching empathy as a social skill in a unit format. Together these four sections emphasize how to name, teach, and transfer specific social skills while creating an emotionally safe and unified classroom environment. Appended are a list of 50 social skills to consider teaching; examples of a social-skills audit and a social-skills teaching template; and a list of training resources. (WFA)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Community, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Empathy, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Strategies, Peer Influence, Skills, Social Values, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Values Education
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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