Student learning is improved when there is a palpable and practiced sense of classroom community among the students and professor. There is no one model for what this community looks like: for one class it involves friendly competition, for another, frequent group projects, for a third it involves collaborating on revising drafts of writing assignments. When it comes to teaching research writing – establishing an atmosphere of supportive peer review can be very helpful for student learning.
In the comments below, please share any strategies or suggestions you have for creating classroom community. Briefly indicate what you hope to achieve, and how you have tried to achieve it (even if some attempts have failed.)