Books for building community?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

    DrivingPigeon Phenom

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    One of my goals for the upcoming school year is to build better community in my classroom. This past year I felt like everything was rush, rush, rush, and I didn't take enough time getting to know the kids. I also felt like they didn't respect one-another very well.

    I just finished reading this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/First-Weeks-S...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277421455&sr=8-1

    It had some good suggestions, but I felt like many things weren't appropriate for kindergarten. I guess I'm looking for a classroom structure and/or activities that help build a strong sense of respect and community.

    Also, I am Tribes Trained and plan on re-reading that book over the summer.

    Any other suggestions?
     
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  3. **Mrs.A**

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    I used the Responsive Classroom approach last year and I loved it. I teach fourth grade. You do have to take your time to build a classroom community for it to really work. We spent a good week on coming up with our classroom rules and we had some great conversations about how we wanted our classroom to run. You might want to look on the RC website and see if they have suggestions for K teachers.
     
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    Responsive Classroom - The First Six Weeks of School.
     
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