The lesson included goes through the process of setting norms for class discussions. Just know, the clearer you are on expectations up front, the better students behave, and the happier everyone is. Whether you are just starting the year and setting the tone, or you have made it through half the year and realize you need a revamp. This lesson is for you.
Lesson Guide: Class Discussions
Interactive Notebook Handout: Note sheet
Interactive Notebook Handout: Example
Binder Handout: Note sheet
Binder Handout: Example
The lesson contains a lesson guide. On the left of the lesson guide it includes the lesson objective, lesson materials, and things to consider when preparing for the lesson. On the right of the lesson guide, there are step by step directions for leading the lesson. There are optional extensions with hands on, interactive activities to support the process at the end of the lesson guide.
You have the option of using the interactive notebook size handouts or a full sized handout for use in a binder system. The lesson includes materials for a blank handout and an example handout. You can use the example as a spring board for your own classroom discussion, or you can use it as the handout for students. It is important to include students in generating ideas so that they have ownership of the expectations, however, whenever, I do these lessons I end up with very similar examples as the ones I have included.
Depending on how long you wish to take on discussions and on the optional activities, the pacing of these lessons are supposed to take 30 minutes to 60 minutes. It could take up to two periods, depending on the length of time you wish to dedicate to this lesson.
Grade Level: This unit is designed with middle level students who qualify for Social Skills in mind, however, I am sure it can be adapted for upper elementary and high school students needing intervention.
If you are interested in the bundled lessons, check out the link below:
Setting Classroom Norms BUNDLE
You might also be interested in the associated lessons to help reinforce classroom norms during other structured or unstructured times:
Setting Norms: Break Time
Setting Norms: Free Time
Setting Norms: Game Time
Setting Norms: General Class Norms
Setting Norms: Group Work
Setting Norms: Independent Work
Setting norms, how to set norms, beginning of the year, classroom management, classroom expectations, extension lessons, hands on, interactive, expected behavior, unexpected behavior, Michell Garcia Winner