In order to foster positive relationships within the classroom, it is important to have open communication among the teacher and the students, but also among the students. How do you achieve this within your classroom? I currently attempt to foster a sense of community and open communication by implementing a morning meeting every morning in which the students tell each other good morning, share stories of things of importance that are occurring in their life, and others get to comment or ask questions. I find it fosters relationships that may not usually be there. I am interested to learn what others are doing in their classroom to build community and open communication. How do you feel you support your students and encourage them to share their thoughts, opinions, or lives with you with absolute trust? Also, if you do morning meetings, what kind of activities do you do with your class?
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