Some books I used in my classroom were Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, and My Friend is Sad von Mo Willems Once you spent a few days discussing students` wishes for their classroom and the school experience, Put everything together. Use notes, anchor diagrams, and students from your previous discussions and synthesize the ideas students had. Present these ideas to your students and discuss what can be added, removed, or changed. If you and your students are satisfied, write down your agreements on graphic paper and publish it in the classroom. You can even have your students sign the agreement diagram to make them feel even more responsible for complying. Try these sentence launchers to keep your charter simple and yet effective. It is important to anticipate with students that problems will arise in the classroom this year. Talk about the fact that disagreements aren`t necessarily a bad thing, but when there is disagreement, it`s important to think about how we can share our feelings without hurting others. A discussion about when other people have exacerbated a disagreement versus when a disagreement has been resolved can be helpful in supporting that debate. Try asking some of the following questions with your class, and be sure to record their answers. Kids love this topic! It`s interesting to see what behaviors really bother them.
In general, students are very honest when it comes to expressing their opinion on behaviours they deem unacceptable. This discussion also allows children to commit to themselves and share their experience. You will hear with insistence some stories about things that happened to your children last year, that were difficult for them. This can give you a great insight into your new class and its limitations and sensibilities. Be sure to write all of this down during the discussion. Then look for topics in students` responses. For more information about creating class agreements and other resources for emotional social learning, see the RULER method. A Classroom Charter is a promise that teachers and students make together for what they want to feel in the classroom, what actions have encouraged those feelings and agreed on actions, how to prevent and manage conflict. It`s time of year again to think about the rules and agreements that need to be put in place to make your classroom run smoothly. At the beginning of the year, it is so important to ensure that students` behavioral expectations are very clear. One of the best ways to do this is to help you establish the rules and class agreements.
Sometimes teachers wonder if students will be able to establish appropriate rules for themselves, but with a few strategic scaffolding and coaching questions, your students might develop big ideas that you haven`t even thought of. Try to conduct these activities for a few days so that discussions can be maintained without losing student engagement.