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A Climate of Cooperation

What makes a good classroom citizen?


Many outcomes found under:

General Outcome K.2 "I Belong" may be addressed by inviting students to explore their role as cooperative "classroom citizens." Through a series of activities students come to appreciate how and why they can help create a caring classroom environment. To introduce the inquiry, students might explore the rules they have at home and discuss the importance of rules in helping them work and play in harmony. Various sources of literature might be used to introduce and reinforce the concepts of rules and cooperation. Throughout, students investigate their own actions as well as the actions of others in learning to appreciate the importance of working together to create a cooperative environment.

Critical Challenges

Students might explore this overarching theme by completing these challenges:

Help Documents

Embedding Critical Thinking Into Teaching and Learning PDF
This document provides a definition of critical thinking, and discusses how to embed critical thinking into teaching and learning.

Definitions of Terms Used in Overarching Critical Inquiries
This document provides definitions of Overarching Critical Inquiry, Critical Challenge, Modelling the Tools, Support Material, Graphic Organizer, Assessment, and Background Information.

Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of All Students PDF
This document provides suggestions to help teachers plan for diverse learning needs.

Reference Charts

The following charts provide a quick overview of correlations, references, and summaries for all the Critical Challenges. In the charts, the Critical Challenges are organized according to which Overarching Critical Inquiry they address.

Last updated: July 1, 2014 | (Revision History)
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