As students build community within the classroom, the educator guides them through a check-in circle and an additional belonging and caring activity. These strategies can be deployed as a stand-alone activity or as part of a lesson. Each step can be conducted individually, in small groups, or in whole-group instruction.
Guidelines for belonging and caring group activity
Having a sense of being known and cared for, of being connected to other students in a meaningful way and of belonging to a group of students, a caring adult, and the school community are all highly predictive of students' persistence and success in their education; taking time out to develop a sense of belonging and caring for each other (often done in advisory activities and programs) can have powerful impacts on students' social and emotional motivation and well-being and is strongly correlated with positive academic achievement.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn this micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please submit work examples from two students (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, and other media) that demonstrate progress toward the Belonging & Caring competency, including items such as videos of check-in circle activities, examples of group activities designed to develop a sense of caring for each other and belonging to a community, samples from student reflection journals, and other items.
For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit student-created reflections on their experience of the belonging and caring activities. Use the following questions as a guide (200-word limit for each reflection):
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
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