These ideas fit my thoughts. For example, if I was going to teach a course on customer relations. I would have everyone share a story on the first real day of class about their worst experience at a restaurant or store. It is open-ended and students don't feel as much pressure because everyone knows that nobody is expecting a polished speech. Yet, teachers and students get to see some personality and a glimpse of what they value.
Communities are based on trust and respect. Here are some ideas of building a learning community right from the beginning of school. This is a culture shift for many.
A few tips for the first days of school including:
- meet and greet each student at the door with a smile and a handshake.
- invite everyone to contribute to the class rules — include some off the wall, funny rules.
- use an icebreaker or have them tell a story so everyone has a voice the first few days.
How would you build a community of learners where there is trust and respect?
Via Barbara Bray, Luciana Viter