The important point to make here is that a positive classroom or school culture needs to be nurtured. It isn't something that is done at the beginning of the year; it needs to be a part of what we do daily. Recently, I read a blog by Cammy Harbison about the relationship between student achievement and a strong classroom community. My wish is that every teacher reads this blog and takes her message to heart. Students need to feel that they are an important part of their classroom and school community and that they have something to contribute. Accountability for their own learning starts with a feeling of belonging. For our highly transient military-impacted students, this is even more important, and this is something we will continue to work on.
I'm optimistic! We're off to a great start to school year 2012-2013!