The Myths of the Classroom Community

In the field of education, trends seem to come and go, and certain constructs emerge as the goals for all classrooms. The term CLASSROOM COMMUNITY is just such a construct. College instructors want to teach it, principals want their teachers to create it, and educators want to achieve it. As we’ve been exploring the idea of classroom community for many years, we’ve become aware that there are many MYTHS about it.

One myth we hear about a lot is the idea that a classroom community can be established quickly, especially through the use of some of the following other falsehoods. There is a myth that by using “tools and tricks,” teachers can create a commune-like environment were everyone likes each other and conflicts rarely occur. Some people think that to build such a classroom community, teachers need to possess dynamic personalities to maintain engagement and harmony throughout each day. It’s also untrue that to create a classroom community, students must be easy to manage and eager to learn. Unfortunately, many current classroom management programs promote the idea that by following these ideas and others, classroom community can be achieved.

We believe that building classroom community is a process that requires more than tricks and tools. To teach kids to take responsibility for themselves, for their learning, and for the learning of others involves the creation of a safe environment that promotes success for all students.

We invite readers to submit their own CLASSROOM COMMUNITY MYTHS and their ideas on how to create and foster effective CLASSROOM COMMUNITIES.

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July 11, 2011. Uncategorized.

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