What is the culture at your school? When new families enter your campus what does it look like and feel like to them? If you were new to the neighborhood, would you want to send your child to your school?. When you look around the campus and see teachers interacting with students, what does it look like?
I teach at a K-2 school. It wasn't always K-2, in fact we have been K-6, K-5, K-3 and now K-2. I wasn't an advocate for the drastic change, but now I am loving it. Being a K-2 campus gives us a little more freedom to have some really fun school wide events. I'm all about having fun in the classroom and making it expand across the grades. I really like it when we can get our families involved too. This year we have had 5 school-wide events so far.
- Halloween Parade
- Polar Express Day
- Holiday Sing-a-long
- 100th Day of School
- Literacy Week
I'm hoping we will be able to plan at least one or two more before the end of the year.
When families enter our campus, I want them to see that we are more than just an institution for learning; I want them to see that we are a family.
However, creating this school atmosphere takes team-work. Without the support of staff and parents these events would not be possible. This time of year is especially hard. We're in the middle of the year, fully engaged in assessments and report cards and sometimes counting down the days until Spring break.
We joined forces for Halloween to be Super Teachers
We also showed off some support for our SF Giants during sports theme day.
I think these staff bonding times are rally important. Work might not always feel like work if you are having fun with friends. I truly enjoy hanging out with my co-workers we have a lot of fun when we are together. I think the comradery shows through to the parents. If parents see that we are in it for the kids and are enjoying our jobs then they can feel comfortable about sending their kids to school. If families see that we as teachers like to come together and support our students, then they just might feel comfortable joining in on the fun and help us to help their child,
I'm always looking for new ideas to bring our staff and students together. I'd really like to hear about some of the things you do at your school site to create and maintain a positive school culture.