In the end, what’s created is not simply a class filled with books, pencils, chairs and desks. What we ultimately create in the classroom is a community of learners…
Every year as students file in to classrooms all over the world, a great teacher will almost always establish a good sense of community within their classrooms. Children know that they, along with their parents, siblings, aunts and uncles are part of a larger community. Often this is sometimes a very difficult concept to fully grasp. An effective teacher from day one will always bring class community to the forefront. Together they discuss what’s expected of each and every one of them. Rules and consequences are carefully crafted with every student lending their opinion and voice. Goals and learning objectives are clearly delineated.
Slowly and surely throughout the academic school year, the classroom begins to take a definite form and shape. No longer scared, confused, or insecure, students are now more confident and purposeful in their work and in their academic endeavors. They are in the classroom to learn and in that process, they are sharing and ultimately helping one another.
The teacher is always a constant guide, shaping the brilliant minds within the classroom, a microcosm of the surrounding community and ultimately the world as it should be. In the end, what’s created is not simply a class filled with books, pencils, chairs and desks. What we ultimately create in the classroom is a community of learners, scholars, productive members of society and perhaps future leaders that will give back to the community and make the world as a whole a better place.