How to Cultivate a Sense of Belonging in Schools

Michael Ralph
December 2022 | Edutopia

This article from Edutopia underscores the significance of providing diverse opportunities for students to experience belonging in schools. It advocates for creating inclusive environments that cater to various motivations and perceptions of belonging, recognizing that individuals seek belonging in unique ways. Teachers are encouraged to be proactive in creating belonging opportunities, whether through inclusive spaces, social events, or aligning lessons with students’ interests. The author asserts that by recognizing and addressing individual motivations and perceptions, educators can contribute to a supportive and inclusive school environment, positively impacting students’ long-term sense of belonging. Teacher preparation programs can use these insights to equip educators with strategies that enhance student belonging in diverse contexts.

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