How to Connect the Classroom with the Community

How to Connect the Community and the Classroom

  • A grandmother of a third-grade student visits the class during math to share a number story problem: My recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, but I only have 1/8 and 1/4 measuring cups. What should I do? The students work out the problem and share their thinking, then grandma tries out one strategy using actual measuring cups.
  • In a 5th grade classroom focusing on narratives, the grade-level teachers invite guests from the community to share stories, which integrates oral histories (alongside traditional narrative writing), discussion of narrative features, and development of relational and cultural ties to the community.
  • A principal attends a community coalition and offers to continue the discussion with a coffee hour at the school, in which school and community members can make connections between their intersecting goals and activities.

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