14 Ways to Establish a Positive Classroom Community

In this big world of ours, we are all wanting to feel some form of connection. That being said, it is exactly the same for the students in our classes.

Working towards establishing a positive classroom community helps students feel connected and valued by their peers and teacher. When students feel part of an inclusive community, it can attribute to feelings of self-worth, willingness to be their authentic selves, taking risks, and further develop their social skills.

It takes time to build a positive classroom community, and you will find there are certain activities that work better for you than what works for another teacher. So, be open to try new things and discover what best suits you and the students in your care.test alt text

Remember, how you interact with your class, the routines you have in place and behaviour management strategies you use will all contribute to your positive classroom community.

Be conscious of the words you speak with your class. Can you take a negative situation and use it as an opportunity to work together, focus on the positives and learn from the situation?

Of course, there will be times where ‘Negative Nancy’ rears her head, but those tough-love conversations with students are also important and necessary, plus nobody is perfect.

Below we have put together a list of ideas to try to establish a positive classroom culture:

1. Door Display

Creating a door display or wall display with all your students’ names. test alt text

 

2. Greetings

Greeting students individually each morning, e.g. high five, hug, elbow tap.

 

3. Desk Arrangements

Consider how you arrange the desks. Small groups encourage discussion. A horseshoe encourages whole-class discussion. Mix it up and find what works for your cohort.

 

4. Expectations

Establish positive classroom expectations.test alt text

Grab some positively worded class rules here

 

5. Mindfulness

Try meditation and mindfulness activities. Smiling Mind is a great free app to help you.

 

6. Class Journaling

Encourage class journaling. If you need prompts our Rainbow Affirmation Display includes 30 journaling suggestions.

7. Rituals

Create rituals, such as the quote of the week, joke of the day, affirmation of the day, morning fitness/yoga.

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8. Student of the Day/Week

Have a star of the week, PA of the Day, VIP of the day.test alt text
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9. Class Mascot

Have a class mascot or a class song. The class mascot could go home with a different student each weekend or be known to cause havoc for a month when the kids go home in the afternoons, like Elf on the Shelf.

 

10. Class Wall

Create a class wall that students can add to with motivational posters, photographs, artwork, or shout-outs to peers.

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Grab some free motivational posters here.

 

11. Class Meetings

Host daily or weekly class meetings to encourage students to share and learn new things about each other, as well as a forum to discuss any class concerns and/or successes.

Read more about these positive pegs here.

 

12. Celebrate the Wins

Celebrate student wins no matter how big or small.test alt text

 

13. Celebrate

Celebrate special events organised at the school and consider creating your own, such as Fun Friday or Milo Monday during the winter months.

 

14. Teach Kindness

Explicitly teach kindness by using our free kindness flyers, free bucket filler activity, or teaching your students the art of giving each other compliments.

Here are some resources that you may wish to use in your class to help you get started establishing a positive classroom community.

 

 

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