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Top Ten Books to Build a Classroom Culture by Cindy Christiansen


Building a culture of trust and acceptance…

Very cool teacher in today’s re-blog :-)

Nerdy Book Club

I have a small poster of two sheep in my classroom.  One sheep is white and the other is black, and the quote below them reads, “Choose your socks by their color and your friends by their character.  Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense.  Choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” (Author Unknown)  The sheep reside just above our pencil sharpener right at eye level for my middle schoolers.  I hope that my students will recognize the poster for what it is – a symbol that our classroom culture is one of caring, respect, and acceptance.

As teachers, establishing a classroom culture is important, and to create this culture, we decorate our rooms with posters that convey caring, positive messages and buy extra pencils and notebooks so that students will know that we have their backs.  These things are important, but I can’t help feeling that…

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