Reflective professional development: Creating a caring classroom community
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This professional development (PD) focused on learning, implementing, and reflecting upon language/communication changes to determine if they aided in the creation of a caring classroom community. The primary participant in this study was me with assistance provided by mentor teachers and students. The intervention focused on three communication/language changes incorporated into interactions with students. Personal journals were kept tracking goal language/communication, steps the researcher took, reflections on encounters and feedback received from others. Findings showed language/communication changes aided in the creation of a caring classroom community.