6 Tips for Building Community In Your Classroom

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

6 tips for Building Community at the Beginning of the School Year

The best-organized classroom and the most well thought out plan for the year in literacy doesn’t make the best class ever. These two things are small but important in your unique classroom.

Every teacher wants their classroom to work like a well-oiled machine and the biggest key to that is building community in the classroom.

Building a community is an ongoing process throughout the school year.

However, it can take many forms at the beginning of the year.

This means getting to know each other and getting the classroom ready and personalized for the year.

While community building is an ongoing process, community building is not just about decorating and getting to know the classroom at the beginning of the school year. It’s about discovering the kinds of readers and writers that inhabit the classroom.

The following tips are just ideas to get the ball rolling

and the school year started.


I always start my day by greeting my students at the door. It started as a requirement of the school district I worked in during my early years as a teacher and it just stuck because I could see the value in standing at the door each day and watching my peeps entering their classroom.

Shaking hands and saying good morning each day can say a lot about the two people involved in that exchange