Giving Compass' Take:

· The author explains how teachers are using community-building exercises to help lay the foundation for social-emotional learning and help students feel more connected. 

· What is social-emotional learning? What skills does it help students develop for the future? How is social-emotional learning being taught?

· Read and learn more about social emotional learning.

Building a sense of community in a classroom can help students feel more engaged while also imparting valuable social and emotional skills, including the ability to collaborate and feel empathy. By viewing their school environment as a positive space, teachers and students can both reduce their level of stress, while helping students perform better academically, and increasing teacher retention.

Students can be a part of building a class community, Lisa Fink, the project manager for ReadWriteThink at the National Council of Teachers of English, wrote in a recent blog post. This can include having students write their own class rules, working together as they decide what should, and should not, be included. Students can also be tasked with interviewing each other, and as they learn about their classmates, develop a sense of empathy. A classroom manual that teaches people outside the class how the room runs can also give children a chance to work together with a specific goal in mind.

Read the full article about community-building exercises and SEL by Lauren Barack at Education Dive.