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. Stories are great tools that they can use to create class chords. Stories that illustrate the impact of our actions on others, how we work together and how kindly you are will help your students have a common context in which they can discuss their own feelings and behaviours at school. Try a series of books that illustrate these themes and read them with your class. Discuss feelings of character and behaviour and let the children tell how they relate to the story. Talk to students about what they thought the author wanted people to learn from history. These discussions can help your students succeed if you do them by creating rules for your classroom.

A classroom charter is a promise that teachers and students make together for what they want to feel in the classroom, what measures will foster those feelings, and agree on measures to avoid and manage conflict. Choose your top 4-7 words to put on your charter. 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 My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems Three questions will guide your Charter: 1. How are we going to feel about our family? 2. What can we all do to have these feelings more often? 3. How will we deal with unpleasant feelings and conflicts when they arise? Use this family charter model to guide you. For more information on creating class agreements and other social resources for emotional learning, see ruleR. 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. Try to carry out these activities for a few days so that the discussions can build on each other without losing the commitment of the students. Try these phrase starters to keep your Charter simple and effective. 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. It is important to plan with students that problems will occur this year in the classroom. Say that disagreements are not necessarily a bad thing, but if there is disagreement, it is important to think about how we can share our feelings without hurting others.