Caring School Community Posts

9 weeks 2 days ago
The final domain of identity safety is caring classroom environments, where social skills are taught and practiced to help students care for one another in the context of an emotionally and physically safe classroom. This post about caring classroom environments is the final entry in our series, because the classroom and school environment is...
11 weeks 5 days ago
Positive classroom relationships are the foundation of an identity safe classroom. You cannot create a sense of identity safety without a continuous focus on how the students are feeling and treating one another. Positive classroom relationships are based on trusting, positive interactions with the teacher and among the students. Think about all...
11 weeks 6 days ago
I have been trying and trying to write this week. And I have struggled to come up with an appropriate topic to write about—I tossed around ideas like comprehension, foundational skills, etc., and nothing grabbed me. Then, it struck me—on Mothers’ Day—what I really wanted to write about is my mother. My kids call her Mimi.... (4)
12 weeks 5 days ago
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many teachers believe that the best way to live Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream is to be colorblind, to ignore the differences among... (1)
13 weeks 1 day ago
This is part two of a two-part series on the importance of using teacher talk to engage or disengage our students. Click here to read part one. One day Gale came running into my class after P.E. panting, Mrs. D., you need to give Jimmy one of those Mrs. D.-type lectures.; Upon asking him exactly what a Mrs. D-type lecture looked like, he said,... (1)
13 weeks 5 days ago
Child-centered teaching prioritizes the students’ perspectives in all classroom activities and interactions. We met one teacher who used a literal change of perspective to get in a child-centered frame of mind: Each morning before the kids came in, she would sit in the chair of a different student and look around the classroom, imagining...
14 weeks 2 days ago
In the Collaborative Classroom, we believe classroom learning experiences should be built around students constructing knowledge and engaging in action. Providing these types of experiences takes careful consideration and planning by the teacher. Teachers’ intentional planning makes the difference between lessons that shine with the...
14 weeks 5 days ago
The goal of most American teachers is to successfully educate all students, but too many black and Latino students underperform academically and fail to meet their potential. Educating all students well is not only important for the students themselves, but for our nation as a whole. We cannot have a just and democratic society without fully... (3)
19 weeks 3 days ago
Last Wednesday, March 11, 2015, my colleagues and I—along with education leaders from across the country—gathered in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. for a Convening hosted by our organization, the Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC). This Convening put a spotlight on the critically... (1)
20 weeks 2 days ago
Last summer we got a new puppy. She is a Schnauzer and we named her Emmy, (actually her kennel name is Precious Emerald but that is a little too pretentious and much too long to use when calling her for dinner). We set about trying to make her into the perfect dog so that we would be seen as the perfect dog parents. However, it wasn’t long...