What better way to get your students to buy into your classroom rules and consequences than to have them create the rules themselves?
In this fun and productive back-to-school activity, students must answer a series of simple questions about how to treat each other with respect. Next, they brainstorm in small groups to create a list of rules from their responses. The teacher then follows up by leading a whole-class discussion in which students decide which rules stay or go. The final list is drawn up, and students sign their name to show agreement.
The final signed contract can be enlarged into a poster and hung in the room, and/or copied for each individual student to keep in their notebooks all year long.
A great activity for the first week of school or any time students need to get “back on track,” this classroom contract enables students to be part of the process of creating and maintaining a positive classroom environment.
The "Classroom Contract" is part of the mega-packet, "First Week Survival Kit: 20+ Back-to-School Activities and Learning Inventories." You can view it here:
First Week Survival Kit: 20+ Back-to-School Activities
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A special thanks to
, Tracee Orman
for their digital papers, borders and fonts!
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