So many of us start our school year off with a class set of rules. Rules that are normally broken within the first week for some of our most special friends. Every now and again (some more than others), we all like to live a little dangerously and break rules. It’s inevitable. A lot of kids throw caution to the wind when it comes to the classroom rules, because they are just that – rules. What’s that old saying? Rules are meant to be broken? Ha!
Instead of creating just classroom rules, replace or use them in addition with a classroom promise. A promise is a positive way to share and discuss how the students want to learn and grow in their classroom for the upcoming school year. This unit offers students a chance to reflect on what exactly a promise means to them. They have an opportunity to take a “Classroom style quiz” to think about what kind of classroom they want to learn. Students can brainstorm individually, in partners, or as a class things they want to include in their class promise. Once a list is created, students and teacher can write a final copy of the class promise to sign and hang up for the entire school year. As a reflection piece, students can even think, discuss, and share how they plan on keeping their promise.
To ensure the classroom promise is kept throughout the school year, students can occasionally reflect back on how they feel they’re doing with keeping their promise. Students can share what they think they’re doing great at, and what promises should they improve.