During the first days of school, teacher Mary Gambrel brings her students into the design of their classroom rules. The rule-making process begins when Gambrel asks four questions to their students at Travis Middle School in Amarillo, Texas: I have used this student-led method in the past – groups of students who brainned out ideas about our class agreements – and then I entered into a grouping activity where students meet and those with similar ideas about their holding notes have grouped them together. That`s how students read other people`s ideas. But I can`t wait to use the group cards this year!! Thank you very much! We always refer to our agreements – once or twice a term (always at the beginning of the legislature as a reminder, then halfway through, or if the behavior is not in agreement with the agreements) and we deride the agreements into two groups – “We can do it” and “We work on it” with posters of subtitles! It`s working really well! It`s a good idea to point your students in the right direction by writing titles on the board that reflect the waiting areas in the classroom. What these titles are depends entirely on you and your class. My selection for Classroom Expectations is this: Educational expectations help students develop social responsibility. Try to create a class contract with the children`s ideas. What do you do on the first day of class when it comes to teaching expectations? Good morning, Cindi. It depends on you and what your beliefs are related to behavior management. I prefer to use positive strategies rather than punitive ones. I would talk to them, check expectations and make an improvement plan together. We also have weekly classroom meetings to check expectations and check what works and what doesn`t.
This kind of meeting helps tremendously. Hope that helps! Many rules are related to respect, which is a key word in Gambrel`s classroom. Respect is played out in many ways, including attention, rotation in commands and preparation. Getting students to work on the first day is a great way to show how much you value student collaboration. As a teacher, you also model collaboration by involving students in the development of classroom expectations. Instead of the usual Sit and Get structure, you provide your students with a useful and interactive learning experience. For example, respect is a typical rule that you will find in most classes. Give birth to the question of respect. Ask students, “Why is it important to be respectful in art classes?” or “How can the class be respectful in art class?” This question technique allows you to have discussion, but it allows students to have a deeper understanding and add contributions on expectations for teaching.