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Are you like me and getting frustrated with the out of control behaviour of some students?
Do you feel like you are constantly demanding students to behave with little to no change in precipitating behaviour?
Are you worried about your safety or the safety of other students?
Are you frustrated with the lack of action from parents? Your admin?
Are you struggling with classroom management?
I am too!
So, instead of continuing to feel frustrated and out of control, I decided to start my year off with a mini-unit on the rights and responsibilities of students in the school based on the Policies outlined in the Government’s Education Act and my code of behaviour from my individual school board. Please note: I teach in a Catholic School Board so the Policies do have a Catholic theme, however, you are free to adapt the actual rights and responsibilities that are outlined by your board.
This mini-unit contains a visual art lesson plan and 2 rubrics which gets the students to create visual posters about the rights and responsibilities of education.
It also contains an oral listening activity that would make a great diagnostic activity at the start of the year. This oral activity includes a researched article about the rights of education that the teacher is to read as an oral text to the class. While the teacher is reading, the students are given 12 multiple choice questions they are to answer using their listening strategies we cover in class. I have also included an answer sheet for you to use to make your marking quick and easy!
I have also included a letter home that I send to parents and guardians so everyone is informed of my behavioural expectations of the classroom.
When delivering this little unit, I complete the language art activity first, then the art activity and finally I send the letter home that night to hopefully evoke some good quality conversation about expected behaviour for the year.
This mini-unit is also an excellent tool through the year to establish and/or maintain effective classroom management.
Not only does this unit clearly outline the expectations for proper behaviour, it also links it to the safe schools act. It explains to both parents and students that any behaviour that violates the right of any other student or staff will not be tolerated.
I still do the student generated “rules of the classroom” on the first day of school, but on the second day, we spend the day learning about the basic human right to an education and the responsibilities the students must meet in order to evoke those rights.
I cannot count how many students who have had behaviour issues in my room claim they have a “right to an education” no matter what. When I show them the list of responsibilities they haven’t met in order to claim those rights, it changes the conversation dramatically, so I thought, why not teach it as a mini-unit and get some quick diagnostic assessment out of it?
Although I don’t feel it’s going to solve all of the problems schools are experiencing with violent and aggressive behaviour, with this unit, you are sending a clear message not only to the students who are the aggressors, you are also telling the students who can manage their behaviour that you have their rights protected too!
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