Step One: Observe
Take a moment to think about your school community. On a piece of paper, make a journal entry—handwritten will make you feel more connected—listing the 7 ground rules for building community that our featured writer, Dr. Patschke, shared from Mason et al. (2021). Look at them, and for the next week, observe your own school community. Keep in mind the actions you see or experience that relate to the rules. Also keep in mind where there are opportunities for more to occur.
At the end of the week, with a nice beverage, a deep breath, and a cozy peaceful moment, return to your journal to write.