Goal 21: Cultivate Relationships of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo

Classrooms are communities. Educators should be supported in taking the time to implement community building tasks in order for a classroom to be a successful community that learns, collaborates, and works together. Our students must spend countless hours together daily with the goal of learning as much as they can. It surprises me that classes are not often treated like communities and community building exercises are not included in the curriculum. Students need to build relationships with their peers in order to prevent issues with bullying and ensure the support of one another in succeeding in learning goals. These can include team building activities, icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, relationship building activities, and collaborative tasks that teach students how to respect each other and build a community of trust. You can find a list of icebreakers for teens and adults here and activities for kids here.

For goal 21, I would like to encourage you to try one getting to know you activity with your students. One of my personal favorites is the 3, 2, 1 activity in which a student creates a digital story detailing 3 things we should know about them, 2 of their favorite foods, and 1 job they would enjoy having in the future. View many examples here.

Short-term- Have your students participate in at least one getting-to-know you activity.

Long-term- Try incorporating team building games and exercises as well as icebreakers in your curriculum regularly.

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Challenge:

Cultivate relationships in your classroom by having students participate in getting to know you activities.

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