Over the past couple of days we have worked hard to build our classroom community. In order for everyone to feel safe, welcome, and cared for in our community, we have been working on getting to know one another. First, through morning meetings and closing circles, we have shared some of our interests, talents, where we were born, and what we are excited about to begin to lay down the foundation. Next, we set our hopes and dreams for the school year. We thought about what our dreams would look like when we achieved them and planned our strategies to overcome obstacles that we might encounter. After we shared our hopes and dreams with our classmates we broke into groups to think of some classroom rules that would support one another in achieving those hopes and dreams. We then came together as a class and narrowed down our rules into seven “be” phrases. The final vote chose the rules we have today. I was so proud of their hard work and collaboration to develop rules they established through supporting one another in the pursuit of our hopes and dreams.