• Understand the importance of an safe, orderly
and caring environment that builds true
community in your classroom.
• Understand the importance of focusing on
students’ moral development as well as
intellectual growth in order to prepare them to be
caring citizens in our society today.
• Create a safe, trusting, self-managing
environment by building a sense of community
within the classroom.
• What is the ultimate aim of public education today?
• What do our students need from their education, and
what does our society need?
• What does a classroom community look like?
• What are your most frequent challenges with
popular response today is that students need
more academic training, that the country needs
more people with greater mathematical and
scientific competence, that a more adequate
academic preparation will save people from
poverty, crime, and other evils of current society”
5 Ways to Build a Community of Caring
Citizens in Your Classroom
Self Assessment of YOU
Know and Notice all of your students
Evaluate your own behavior
1. If everybody where I work was just like me, what would
this place be like?
2. If my face froze in my most common expression, what
would it be?
3. If as many people helped me today as I helped others,
how much help would I get?“
4. If today was videoed for my peers, what would be their
criticisms? What would be their accolades?
5. If I became just like the two people I choose to be
around the most at work - what would I become?"
How are you "the change you wish to see in the world"?
Are we always aware of
what we’re communicating?
• 55% of every message is communicated through
the use of BODY LANGUAGE
• 38 % of a message is communicated through
• 7% of a message is communicated by what
Know & Notice All of Your Students
• SHAKE HANDS– Make it
your PRIORITY to
student that walks
through your door!
• Builds mutual respect
• Models social and
If you really knew me you
• Reflective writing
• Small group discussion
• One on one discussion with students
1. How do you want to be
treated by me (leader)?
2. How do you want to be
treated by each other?
3. How do you I (leader) want
to be treated by you?
4. How do we want to treat
each other when there is
EMPOWER YOUR STUDENTS
How many of
you get tired
you what to
If you help each
other and I
don’t have to
there will be no
4 Redirecting Questions
What are you doing?
What are you supposed to be doing?
Are you doing it?
What are you going to do about it?
• So what’s going to happen if you do this
Dealing with disrespect
1. How were you talking to me?
2. How are we supposed to talk
to each other?
3. Are we doing it?
4. What are we going to do
“You earn the right to discipline a child. If you haven’t
won their hearts, you haven’t earned the right.”
• Be consistent in referring back to it daily.
• Ask students for feedback after you
• Address Conflict
• Use “non-verbal” signs
• A signal the leader uses with the group
• The signal the group uses with each other
• Challenge Day:
• Capturing Kids Hearts
• Developing Social Contracts
• The Flippen Education Group
• Noddings, N. (2002). Educating moral people: A caring
alternative to character education. New York: Teachers College
• Noddings, N (2006). Critical Lessons: What our school should
teach. New York: Cambridge University Press.
• Watson Marilyn (2003). Learning to Trust: Transforming Difficult
Elementary Classrooms Through Developmental Discipline.
Every Kid Needs a Champion
Will you be a champion?