At the beginning of the year, the students and I brainstorm together what a perfect classroom would look like and sound like. Based on this list, we come up with four classroom agreements, and they would be mutual respect, attentive listening, no put downs, and the right to pass. For each of those agreements, we spend a little bit of time in groups talking about what it would look like, and what it would sound like. From there, the students develop posters, and these posters are in their work, and these posters are also then put at the front of the classroom, and we refer to them throughout the year as a reminder of what our classroom should look like, and also the behavior of the students.
The goal of Classroom Agreements: Fostering Critical Thinking Skills and A Classroom Community (Virtual Tour) is to use a method developed by Jeanne Gibbs to build students' inquiry skills and foster the development of knowledge.
- The Classroom Agreements activity is part of the Tribes Learning Community and fosters a safe and caring classroom where students feel included and appreciated by others. Making the Classroom Agreements an important and regular part of your classroom will give all students an opportunity to share their thinking.
- Classroom Agreements include: Mutual Respect, Attentive Listening, No Put-Downs Use Kind Words and The Right to Pass.
- Brainstorm what makes a perfect classroom with your class. Based on their ideas list between 3-4 agreements that all students will follow throughout the year. Allowing your students to help with setting out the classroom agreements or rules provides them with responsibility for their learning.
- Classroom agreements are an excellent approach to classroom management.