Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Scholarship and Kindness

At the start of the year, it is important to articulate what we need to have a successful learning environment.  The class is a better place for everyone when students feel that they have a voice in how the classroom will function - and we do include their ideas about how our class will run.

When we collaborated to create our Algebra class learning agreements, there were two themes that kept coming up: the high value that this group places on learning, and on compassion for each other.  We brainstormed all of our ideas with sticky notes, prioritised and categorized these ideas, and put together a poster, which synthesised and summarized these ideas.  You can see our classroom agreements all fall under the umbrella of scholarship, but are rooted in kindness.  Students read over the summary and signed their names to the poster before we hung it up in the classroom.

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