This resource guides teachers in helping their students develop a positive perspective of their class, resulting in a “class identity” that can serve as a foundation for the entire school year. Teachers can help students develop their class identity at the beginning or middle of the school year.
By building self-esteem, strengthening classroom community, and reminding students of their impact on those around them, identify a class identity can be a significant exercise for students at almost any point in the school year.
Students develop a set of characteristics to describe their class, a set of actions they want their class to participate in over the school year, and a list of resources they need to complete those tasks. These three areas collectively make up the class’s identity, and can even be displayed on the classroom wall with a classroom photo.
Examples are included along with step-by-step instructions for educators. An additional sheet can be downloaded with specific questions students will be asked as they work together to develop their class identity.