One Simple Way to Build an Inclusive Classroom Community

How do teachers build an inclusive classroom environment? Building a strong rapport with our students provides a foundation for student engagement, a sense of comfort and belonging, reduced off-task behavior, and increased learning. Studies have shown that the more high-quality relationships students have with their teachers, the better their engagement in school.

When teachers get to know their students better it allows them to improve their understanding of their students’ strengths, weaknesses, interests, and learning styles.


When teachers get to know their students, they can personalize their teaching to better meet their individual needs. For example, they can provide additional support for struggling students, challenge gifted students with more advanced material, and offer content that is relevant and engaging for all students.

building trust

When students feel that their teacher knows them personally, they are more likely to trust and respect their teacher. This can lead to a more positive classroom environment and better relationships between students and their teacher.


When teachers show an interest in their students’ interests and goals, it can motivate them to work harder and take ownership of their learning. Students are more likely to engage in the learning process when they feel that their teacher cares about their success.

Behavior Management

When teachers know their students well, they can anticipate their needs and address any issues that arise in a proactive manner. This can help prevent disruptive behavior and ensure that all students feel valued and supported in the classroom.


In my classroom, we complete the “About Me” activity during the first week of school. Before asking students to complete it, I show them my completed version on the board. That way, they learn a bit about me before I ask them to share a bit about them. I hang on to the completed worksheets all year so that I can refer back to them when looking to make a particular connection with a student. At the end of the school year, I hand students back their worksheets, which provides them with an
entertaining moment of reflection. They really enjoy comparing their current views to the beginning of the year.

Getting to know their students is a critical aspect of a teacher’s role. It allows them to create a positive learning environment where all students feel supported, challenged, and motivated to achieve their full potential. The beginning of the year is a busy time, but we all know how important it is to build a positive and inclusive classroom community. Use this activity to get to know your students a little bit better.


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