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Bringing the Outside In

Using community mapping and tours to create community in science classrooms

The Science Teacher—Fall 2023 (Volume 90, Issue 7)

By Jonathan McCausland and Kathryn M. Bateman

Bringing the Outside In

Classroom communities are more than just teachers and students. Administrators, other teachers and students, teacher aides, all school staff, families, friends, community leaders, and more influence a classroom community in different ways. Places and events in the surrounding community also impact a classroom community. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of how events and people outside the classroom impact classroom communities. Consequently, when creating a scientific classroom community, we must consider the people and places outside our immediate classrooms.

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