Community Building: Organizing Together

The Community Building Series was designed to help students learn important skills that can turn every classroom into a true learning community where all students are sincerely interested in one another, actively work to help each other learn, and all members feel valued for what they can contribute. They feel safe and protected, and are able to take risks as learners. They feel connected to one another. As a result, negative interactions and bullying are minimized, and students who need help and support can receive it within the structure of the class. In this series, students learn confidence and competence-building skills associated with participating and working with partners and the concepts of respect, tolerance, and a learning community.
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Organizing Together enables students to establish order in their daily lives. Students learn how to organize their notebooks, desks, lockers, and backpacks. Plus they learn how to use a weekly calendar to remember assignments and events.

In studies involving 124 students ages 7 to 10 years old, students in the experimental class answered significantly more questions correctly about community concepts, they understood and could more accurately use a weekly calendar, and their notebooks, desks, backpacks and lockers were significantly more organized than those of students in the comparison group. Posttest scores for students in the experimental group were higher than those of students in the comparison group on all measures: desk checklist (experimental: 72 percent; comparison: 41 percent); notebook checklist (experimental: 75 percent; comparison: 0 percent); backpack checklist (experimental: 55 percent; comparison: 43 percent); and calendar checklist (experimental: 85 percent; comparison: 74 percent).


This product is available through Edge Enterprises, Inc.

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Author(s): D. Sue Vernon, Donald D. Deshler, and Jean B. Schumaker

Publication Info: Edge Enterprises, Inc.