building community, cooperative learning

A Great Way to Build Community in your Classroom

A class is a community.  And to become a trusting community, bonds must be built between students.  What better way than to get to know each other.

A question a day.

What does this do? Breaks the barriers between students – when they get to know the interests of other students, what they like and don’t like, it all adds up.

Here is a collection of 55 questions, you can use one each day!


“Great bellwork or small group discussions for when classes just need to talk!”

* build community
* build trust
* build a safe environment
* questions are non-threatening and inclusive for the students
* add interest and variety to the class environment
* involve all students


* students are given the Question of the Day by the teacher
* can project on SmartBoard, projector, Google Classroom or on a Clicker System
* students can share with a partner
* share in a small group
* share with the class
* use a random name generator program such as the one on a SmartBoard or on a computer to select a few students to share their responses with the class


* created in PowerPoint, one question per page in PowerPoint saved as a pdf document
* slides are square
* convenient to use on a SmartBoard or Print Capture into PowerPoint or any other program
* pdf
* square size
* could be print captured and loaded to Google Classroom


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MatheMatters by Jacquie

4 thoughts on “A Great Way to Build Community in your Classroom”

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! Many teachers find the math games very effective in class. The key to the games is that they are based on rigorous math standards and they combine the co-operative aspect of discussing the answer with a partner with the competitive aspect of competing with another pair of students. Students have fun, complete lots of work, AND they ask to do this type of game again!

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