Develop a sense of safety and connection in our youth
Research shows that a sense of belonging has a profound effect on the physical, mental, and social well-being of children and adolescents. Yet current events, including the decline of community and rising tensions over racial and economic inequalities, have endangered that fragile and critical component—and nowhere is this felt more acutely than in schools.
In Belonging, the author, who has spent decades working with the most challenging students, provides research-based strategies for strengthening relationships, building inclusive classrooms, developing trust, and fostering a sense of psychological safety. Readers will find
- Vignettes demonstrating how belonging applies to a variety of learning contexts
- Research around mindsets, the development of empathy, and community building
- Sections dedicated to equity and inclusion
- Strategies teachers can directly apply in their classrooms
With his deep knowledge of education, behavior, and neuroscience, Dustin Bindreiff offers a fresh look at the troubling issues our students face and provides practical strategies for building a more hopeful future.
In this excerpt from Belonging, author Dustin Bindreiff outlines how, as stated by Johann Hari, "human instinct is honed not for life on your own, but for life in a tribe. Humans need tribes as much as bees need a hive."