In a way, I am grateful for the chaos; this week was the perfect platform to reflect and learn more about my classroom management strengths and areas to grow. One of the highlights of my week was a class discussion on expectations and acceptable behavior. After many attempts to get the students to remain on task and be kinder to friends and peers, it became apparent that a discussion would be necessary. Instead of us, the teachers, reminding the students of what was expected of them, my co-teachers and I decided the discussion should be centered around what the students expected of themselves.
Together, both teachers and students, we engaged in a discussion on how we can be the best classmates, friends, and role models for each other. From this discussion, we created a “social contract” of classroom expectations. Each student had the opportunity to share and respond to what went on the list. At the end of the discussion, everyone signed the contract. Here is what we created: