Belief that the school and classroom are a community in which all students belong, can operate autonomously and responsibly, and feel represented, welcome, and accepted as members of the school and academic community.
In practice: When this belief is upheld, educators carefully use their teacher language to establish an understanding that all students belong, that all students make mistakes, and that one must address the deed not the doer. When all communication within the classroom — both verbal and nonverbal — supports and upholds this belief, the dignity of the student and the classroom remain intact.
Use reinforcing language sentence starters to begin shifting your focus to aspects of the learning that are moving in the right direction. Here are a few to try:
“The way you are _____ helps us _____.”