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Embracing Family and Community in the Classroom

Kirstie is a Canadian secondary teacher in Milton Keynes who blogs for Protocol Education regularly. She feels that a focus on community and family in the classroom is of the utmost importance...

Embracing Family and Community in the Classroom

The importance of bringing community and family into the classroom cannot be stressed enough. It gives students something to be proud of, shows their heritage and culture, and also allows for understanding from other students in different family situations. Showing students that no two families are alike and that  being special and unique is a good thing, is the start of great classroom relationships.

Having family members come in to share stories or volunteer for school trips will expose students to new ideas of what family means. Going on trips in the community to teach the significance of having pride in your surroundings and respecting others is also important, especially for younger children.

In my classroom, I embrace family and community by having my student  complete journal entries. I find using journals allows students to reflect on readings or lessons in a non-threatening way and I often ask them to relate what they've read or learned to their own lives and upbringing.

I like the idea of using resources in the classroom that show the different variations of community and family types. Reading novels that show unconventional families or reading textbooks that celebrate varying types of communities has made my students more comfortable in my classroom.

Celebrate diversity! Your students will thank you for it!

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