Establishing the Classroom as a Collaborative Learning Community
This chapter describes Barbara’s techniques for establishing her classroom as a learning community-a place where students come primarily to learn, and succeed in doing so through collaboration with her and their classmates. Studies of workers’ satisfaction and productivity have found that workers’ motivation is affected by their job environment, social relationships with co-workers, and especially, their feelings about their boss. Even workers who do not derive much intrinsic satisfaction from their work will put forth reasonable effort if they like their boss. Classrooms follow the same pattern.