Building Community in the Classroom

I am beginning this school year with a focus on community building in my guidance lessons.  My goal is to help students create a classroom environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and supported in their quest for knowledge.  
In my guidance classes we will spend a lot of time sharing in community circle.  Circle is a process for communicating that allows everyone to be heard and to share equally.  I encourage you to ask your children about circle and invite you to try it out at home, your children will be glad to share this process with you.
Sample questions to pose:
What did you notice at the _______ today?
What is your favorite thing about your classroom this year?
What is you favorite activity to do with the family?