Building a Classroom Community

During this training, participants will learn about creating a classroom environment that reflects a community. Participants will discuss how afterschool programs take a holistic approach to education and what affect that can have on learning.

In this training participants will:

  • Explore what it means to create a community within a classroom and strategies they can use to create such an environment

  • Apply youth development principles to the concept of holistic education and determine for themselves the kind of community they need as a youth worker

Content Overview: 

What is a Community

Participants will first reflect upon their personal definition of “community” and then as a group, create a working definition that encompasses everyone’s vision of “community.”

My Favorite Teacher/Mentor

Have participants pair up and share with each other their favorite teacher/mentor/coach/adult and what it was that made that adult so special to them. Participants will share out on a number of questions that will illustrate the kind of support we remember and think of positively.

Building a Classroom Community

Participants will explore Youth Development Principle: Youth Leadership, Responsibility and Autonomy as they determine the best approach to creating a community atmosphere in the classroom. Participants will identify specific ideas, techniques and strategies to implement while working with youth. 

Principles of Holistic Education

Participants will reflect on how principles of holistic education and principles of youth development can be woven into their daily interactions with youth.

Training Length: 2 hours