Quick Coaching Guide: Joyful Gathering
Having a space where the entire school community can gather is important, and not only as a place for getting together. Community gatherings can help build a positive and inclusive school community that benefits not only the whole group but also the importance of each individual. Developing rules and expectations for behavior can transcend the event and be carried over to other moments in the students’ school day. These get-togethers also allow students an opportunity to see how adults interact with others to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive environment. This Guide discusses the importance of having a location where the entire school community—students, staff, and families—can gather, and how that communal space can be more than just having a place for getting together. A multifaceted tool for ongoing, embedded professional development, Quick Coaching Guides encapsulate a specific topic through the Responsive Classroom lens and offer educators unique tools for reflection, learning, and planning for change.