This is a very simple gesture that I overlooked for too long. Get students to know everyone else's name. I discovered awhile ago that even though that as our high school continued to grow, a lot of students didn't know each other and I would work hard to learn names, only to discover that they hadn't done the same. So, we always spend the first week getting to know everyone.
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This is a great question. I had the pleasure of seeing a school that had a great sense of community. It was Eagle Rock (http://www.eaglerockschool.org/) in CO. It has the unique situation of the students living there but I think they have principals that all school can implement. They exercise together every morning and they have morning meetings where a different group of students present something about where they are from. The day I visited, students from the east coast explained the stereotypes and the facts of living in the northeast.
Sarah also has a great blog on some concrete ways to help build community - https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2012/09/10/14-ways-to-cultivate-classroom-chemistry/
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