Community Norm Building

This activity engages students in generating a list of two to five mutually agreed-upon behaviors that promote learning. Write norms as specific, positive behaviors students/learners want from each other.

Individual/Group Activity Group
Class SizeSmall (<25), Medium (25-50), & Large (51-200)
Bloom’s Taxonomy LevelUnderstand
Development InitialTransitional Knowing
Minimum Time to Facilitate<15 Minutes
Minimum Time to Debrief<15 Minutes

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