How can you create a caring classroom? I've found three strategies that do the trick:
- Engage your students teambuilding and classbuilding activities to help them get to know each other.
- Establish clear limits and expectations for behavior by developing class rules and teaching procedures.
- Plan hands-on activities that challenge your students and let them know that learning is fun!
1 Bingo Board for each student, 1 index card or Bingo Calling Card for each student, at least 20 Bingo chips or markers per person
- Give each student a Back-to-School Bingo Calling Card or a 4 x 5 index card. Ask them to write their names at the top and add three facts about themselves, such as favorite hobbies, where they were born, what they love to read, favorite songs, etc. Tell them not to show their cards to anyone because the Bingo game will involve guessing who the facts describe. Collect the cards and store them in an envelope.
- Give each student a blank Bingo board. Post all the student names on the board in front of the class or distribute pre-printed class lists that have student names on them. Ask students to write one name in each block in random order. If there are more than 25 names, they should leave out their own and a few others as needed. If there are fewer than 25 students, they can add your name and a free spot or two.
- To play the game, give each person a handful of Bingo chips. Draw out one calling card and don't reveal whose name you've drawn. Begin to read the facts aloud, one at a time, and call on students to guess who the facts describe. When someone guesses correctly, have the person whose card you drew stand up and take a bow. Everyone in the class may cover the person's name on the card.
- Continue playing until someone has 5 chips in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) and calls out, "Bingo!"
- Variation: The second time you play the game, don't call out the facts. Instead, walk over to the person whose name you drew and tap him or her on the shoulder, indicating that the student should stand up. Do not call the student's name until after everyone has had a chance to try to think of it and cover up that spot on the board. Playing the game this way will help them learn and remember everyone's names.