Capstone Project Title
Understanding The Importance And Effect Of Community Building On School Climate In Middle Schools
Understanding the middle school student is a task that each middle school teacher attempts do in order to have success. Middle school teachers can support their students by creating a strong classroom community where the students feel connected. Students who feel connected to their schools, to their classroom community, and accepted by their peers and teachers, tend to be: academically motivated, engaged in learning, and have less discipline issues (Osterman, 2000). This is especially important for these students as they become more independent. Schools that provide a strong sense of community within classrooms are hard to come by and many times the teachers within those schools do not have the tools, strategies, and information that is needed to do so for their students (Schaps, 1995). The purpose of this capstone project was to create a professional development course for teachers in their opening week teacher workshops centered on community building in middle school classrooms. The project allowed teachers to: understand the importance of community building, participate in community building activities, and provide resources for teachers that they are able to use within their own space in the school.
Community Building, Staff Development
Ekegren, Alicia, "Understanding The Importance And Effect Of Community Building On School Climate In Middle Schools" (2017). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 55.