I was away from school yesterday and returned to find that there had been some issues throughout the day. As these issues reportedly involved a large majority of the class, we spent time today taking steps to hopefully rectify the situation.
Some steps we took include:
- reviewing our classroom agreements: attentive listening, mutual respect, active participation and no put-downs
- sharing our thoughts and feelings about the day and how we thought the people involved felt
- rearranging the classroom setup so that student desks are placed in partners or triads.
- returning to an emphasis on exemplary listening behaviour when it is someone’s turn to talk (teacher or classmate) and on accountability for our whereabouts (being in seats unless permission is given to leave the room or to be working in another area of the classroom)
- placing renewed emphasis on our Tribes program which helps us build inclusiveness and a sense of community within the classroom
- revisiting a book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" that we read with Mrs. Hope earlier this year and reminding ourselves how we can fill the buckets of those people around us today and everyday (your child can explain the concepts in the book if you are not familiar with it)
- we are working towards earning the trust of all teachers back so that freedoms and privileges that were previously a natural part of our day can be restored: choosing the partners and groups we work with throughout the day, special events in our week like P.A.T. time or public library visits, etc.
Happily by the end of the day, we were successfully working in groups that students had input in choosing in order to begin the science reports and models we will create about the different systems of the body (i.e. digestive, circulatory, respiratory, etc.). I am expecting that we will continue this positive behaviour as the days progress and just wanted everyone to be aware of our current social emphasis at school!