Kids love this subject! It is interesting to see the behaviours that really bother them. In general, students are very honest when they express their opinion on behaviours they find unacceptable. This discussion also allows children to support themselves and share their experiences. You will hear stories about things that happened to your children last year, which were difficult for them. This can give you a lot of insight into your new class and where its limitations and sensibilities lie. Be sure to write all of them during the discussion. Then look for topics in the students` responses. Some of the books I used in my classroom were Mary Hoffman`s Amazing Grace, Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer`s How Full is Your Bucket and Mo Willems A Classroom Charter`s My Friend is Sad A Classroom Charter is a promise that teachers and students make together for what they want to feel in the classroom, what actions will foster those feelings , and agreed measures how conflicts can be avoided and managed. If you`ve spent a few days discussing students` wishes for their classroom and their experience at school, you`re putting it all together. Use notes, anchor diagrams and students work from your previous discussions and synthesize the ideas the students had. Then present these ideas with your students and discuss what needs to be added, deleted or modified. If you and your students are satisfied, write your chords on graphic paper and post them in the classroom.
They can even get their students to sign the convention chart so that they feel even more responsible for complying with it. It`s this time of year again to think about the rules and agreements that need to be put in place to make your classroom work smoothly. At the beginning of the year, it is so important to make sure that the behavioural expectations are super clear for the students. One of the best ways to do this is to help you establish teaching rules and agreements. Sometimes teachers wonder if students will be able to create appropriate rules for themselves, but with some strategic scaffolding and some top questions, your students might have some great ideas that you hadn`t even thought of.