I have included a sample Class Covenant created by my 8th grade US History class as well as images of past covenants.
I dedicate significant time during the first week of school to identify, describe, and agree to a specific set of behavioral expectations in regard to three categories - Teacher for Students, Students for Teacher, and Students for Student. As a class, we talk about the importance of rules and expectations and how those rules and expectations contribute to the success of the class. We discuss how it is easier to follow the rules that you have had a part in creating. As a class, we create an agreement that outlines the expectations that we establish and will adhere to throughout the school year. The covenants have three sections (teacher for student, student for teacher, and students for students). The students really enjoy creating guidelines for me to follow. After the covenant is created and printed, all class members sign the agreement and it too is posted in the room for all to see.
It is important to note the role that students play in establishing the norms for the class. Significant time is spent really processing valuable and reasonable expectations for all members of the class community. Throughout the year, when behavior appears to be slipping, we always refer back to the covenant and what we agreed upon during the first week. It is vital to hold students accountable to each and every expectation from the first day all the way through the last day of school.
The rules and expectations will be revisited/reviewed after all vacations (November, December/January, February, and April). During this check-in, students will have the opportunity to propose revisions of or additions to the Class Covenants.
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