How to form a real partnership with students from the first day

When Pernille Ripp was a new teacher, she told students that she wanted to form a learning partnership with them, but her actions told them she was in charge of everything. In this commentary, Ripp writes about what she learned and recommends teachers include students in classroom decorating and discussions about expectations. "Great community does not spring up on the first day of school, but you do need to plant the first seeds that day. So tend to it and nurture it, and give it the time it deserves to grow tall and strong," she writes.

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