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K-1 Classroom Culture

This discussion is part of a collection:Building Classroom Culture

Does anyone have any suggestions for the beginning weeks of K and 1st grade that help with building a culture of listening carefully and sharing?


For raise, the concentration level of the student k-12 teacher should get started first class with an interesting and easy topic. By this step, a teacher becomes more comfortable with their student.

There is an article cataloged here that talks about starting children young at solving problems in a given scenario. This encourages them to think out loud and talk through problems. I highly recommend the article: Unsilence Students' Voices.

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There are some great morning routines listed in this site from Mathwire. These activities encourage teachers to create routines and use mathematics. Students can share the responsibilities to track the weather, count the number of days they have been in school, tell the lunch menu, etc. Promotes routines, gives everyone a turn, and incorporates math!

5 Practices for orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein is a good resource. It includes a professional development guide.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be sure to check out this resource. I found an article about it online and realized that these 5 practices are also described in a webinar, Orchestrating Productive Discussions of Student Responses, also by Margaret Smith, found here on Mathlanding. Thanks for helping me to put these together!