|Help Us Help Ourselves: Developing Supportive Learning Environments with Students
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| 32. Make your classroom a comfortable, safe, and affirming place so students can “hang-out.”
33. Help students create a newsletter in your school on youth and other community issues.
34. Help students create a listing of all opportunities for their involvement in your school and community.
35. Advocate, along with students, for a strong, comprehensive student involvement and community engagement plan in your school.
36. Ask a student for help. If they know about computers, ask them to assist you. If they understand diversity, ask them to teach you.
37. Sponsor a support group for students who face particular difficulties such as parents’ divorce, violence, etc.
38. Raise funds for a student-led organization.
39. Actively support youth-led organizations in your community.
40. Join (or form) with students a community task force to address youth issues and coordinate responses.
41. Provide opportunities for all students to have meaningful roles in your classroom.
42. Confide in students, and ask their advice on issues you are wrestling with.
43. Be an advocate for student involvement and student/adult partnerships throughout education.
44. Start a teacher support group to share ideas, concerns, and ways to listen better to students.
45. Value students’ work and award them for their involvement. Don’t assume that just because someone is a student that they enjoy school. Help them appreciate it.
46. Include students on committees in your school and professional organizations.
47. Write a short note of support to other adult allies in your school.
48. Treat students as individuals; don’t make one student represent all students.
49. Speak to students with respect, and avoid interrupting students.
50. Involve students from the beginning of class with expectations through to the end with evaluations.
Adapted from Search Institute’s “50 Things Adults Can Do For Youth” & Innovation Center’s “50 Things Adults Can Do With Youth.” Visit http://freechild.org for more information on what adults can do WITH not FOR young people!
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