How teachers build a classroom community in kindergarten
The research question addressed is how can teachers build and maintain a classroom community with kindergarten age children? This capstone documents one teacher's yearlong process of building and maintaining a sense of community in a kindergarten classroom. For children to be open to learning and reach their full potential, they need to feel a sense of belonging and respect inherent in a positive classroom environment. Community building strategies implemented were based on Responsive Classroom and Restitution Philosophies. Key influences included educator-family members, students, Responsive Classroom and Restitution Workshops, and author Roxanne Kriete (The Morning Meeting Book). The research method utilized the qualitative approach. The author, through observations and pre/post student surveys, documented the children's thoughts and acquisition of community-building skills throughout the year. Research results indicated students developed ownership and belonging in the classroom with consistent use of practices based on Responsive Classroom and Restitution Philosophies.
Opfer, Lisa Maren, "How teachers build a classroom community in kindergarten" (2008). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 2060.
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