Healthy Learning Community: PBA 2 Defining a Healthy Learning Community[1]

TASK:  Students will apply the lesson they learned in co constructing their shared plan for a healthy learning community in developing a plan for their own future classroom.  Students write an essay defining the purpose and essential elements of a healthy learning community.

Pre-Write:  As a first step, you will have to define the class and students for whom you are planning. Your essay will open with this description, but for now, the answers to the context questions below should guide your thinking. Use the essential elements form (page 2) to brainstorm what you will do in your own classroom someday. Then use the graphic organizer (page 3) to outline the essay you will write.

Draft:  Your first draft should capture your best thinking from the graphic organizer in full sentences, but do not worry about grammar or word choice in this first draft, Capture the development of your ideas but you can come back in your final draft to craft the language. Use the following framing for a 6-paragraph essay.

  1. Context: Describe the classroom setting for which you are planning YOUR healthy learning community.  This may be a real classroom, for example the one where you are completing your practicum experience, or it may be one you imagine yourself teaching in one day. Who are your students? What grade level is it? What is the school like?  What is the community in which your students live like? What is on the walls?  How is your room setup?

  1. Purpose:  What are the most important things to consider in making this class a healthy place for your students?  What will it feel like?  What abilities or traits do you want to develop in your students?

  1. Select 3 Elements: Pick at least 3 elements of your future learning community to describe what you will do, why this is important, how this will meet the purposes you described, and examples of strategies or activities you will use to meet these purposes.

  1. Conclusion:  Repeat, using new wording, the most important ideas: the ideas that you really want your reader to remember.

Revise: Now that you have gotten your ideas out, edit your own paper or get feedback from peers, then write a second draft. All professional writers draft and redraft their work, don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time!

Elements of my future

Healthy Classroom[2]

How will this work in my future classroom?

Belonging (Rituals): How do we make this class our own?

Identity (Relationships): How do we build relationships to know and value each other?

Diversity (Collaboration): How are we alike and how are we different, and how does that help us to achieve our purposes?

Organization (Routines): What systems are in place to help the class run smoothly? 

Purpose (Goals):  How do individuals and groups meet their goals?

Rights & Responsibilities (Discipline): What can I expect from the teacher, my peers, myself? What happens when expectations are not met?

Communication (Professional / Interpersonal): What works, what doesn’t, what do I /we need to do to work together?

Leadership (Action): What strengths do I bring to this community and work and how will I contribute?

[1] Timmons Flores, M. (2015) Developed for Recruiting Washington Teachers – Careers In Education Curriculum.

[2] Timmons Flores, M. (2015) Developed for Recruiting Washington Teachers – Careers In Education Curriculum.