Back to school season is upon us already! Summer just seemed to fly by! I’m linking up with those fabulous girls from PAWSitively Teaching and Inspired Owl’s Corner again for the August Pick 3 Pinterest Linky. Even though it is hard to get back into the swing of things, the structure and routine, back to school is an exciting time of the year. It is always fun to meet your new students and welcome them into your safe and caring classroom. Building a caring community ensures that your classroom management is firmly established. With that in mind, I choose some pins that help establish the sense of community in classrooms. My first idea comes from Our Small Town Idaho Life. (Click their blog name to see the original post and ideas.) Her room looks so warm and inviting.
I love the idea of the students doing a self-portrait at the beginning of the year. This is a great way to get some student produced work up as a cute bulletin board. (Hey, one less bulletin board you have to put up!) Plus the students are more likely to appreciate a board with their work vs. one you pre-made. This serves as a great board to leave up for open house. How fun is that for the parents! Students could do a writing assignment to accompany their self-portrait. My second idea can be found at Mrs. Robinson’s Classroom Blog.
Providing opportunities for talk and collaboration from day one builds a sense of community and learning. How awesome is this idea of providing the chance to develop and talk about classroom rules that are positive and build success. This is a very interactive activity that is sure to leave students excited to be in your classroom!
My third pick is eye catching and visually demonstrates the community you are building in your classroom. The pin origination is unknown, but ELSA Support in the U.K. is the site that contains the photo below.
Is that not stunning and precious!
I hope you have discovered some useful ideas. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating to gather more August ideas for you classroom and life!