Social Community Within A Sixth Grade Classroom

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Introduction As an educator, I always believe that the classroom is the epitome of a social community in which culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse students function, learn, and succeed through collaborations with their classmates and me. In order for my pedagogical efforts to be effective, a learning community should be established, administered, and maintained because students will not learn or respond to my motivational attempts if they feel insecure, disconnected, or negative. The concept I am interested in is the establishment of an interactive and connective learning community within a sixth-grade classroom. Because certain needs must be fulfilled before teaching and pedagogical strategies become effective, lower level needs should be satisfied before higher level needs can be functional and operative. Not only can the satisfaction and motivation of students be affected by the very nature of learning and the outcomes they expect to gain, but also by the learning environment they situate and their relationships with peers, and most specifically, their feelings and perceptions about me. Therefore, constructing an optimal social and learning community is absolutely indispensable to my class and the formation of emotional bonds between my students and me. A learning community serves as a reminder for educators that students come to class to acquire enriching and empowering dispositions, knowledge, skills, and values, which go beyond merely performing tasks and
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