We Belong

  • Title:We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management
  • Author:Laurie Barron, Patti Kinney
  • Publication Date:July 2021
  • ISBN:9781416630265
  • Publisher:ASCD

The secret to every positive learning environment? Belonging.
When students feel that they belong in their school and classroom, commitment to learning goes up and behavioral disruptions subside. And when teachers embrace an SEL-infused approach to classroom management that helps every student feel valued, safe, and competent, belonging soars.

We Belong offers 50 targeted strategies to increase students’ sense of belonging and reinforce the habits that support classroom harmony and learning success. Authors and award-winning educators Laurie Barron and Patti Kinney explore the dynamic partnership of belonging and classroom management and share specific ways to

  • Build authentic, positive relationships with students and among students
  • Create spaces that feel physically and emotionally safe for all
  • Teach and foster social-emotional competence
  • Increase student engagement and motivation
  • Foster a sustaining sense of community

Covering a range of key topics—from behavioral expectations to conflict resolution to more effective collaboration—this practical guide for elementary and secondary teachers includes downloadable forms and templates to support strategy implementation. Use it to revisit your priorities and reshape your practices so that all students in your classroom can say of themselves and their peers, “We belong.”


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