Read and practice with the class. Each child can put their name or a fingerprint on the final contract to show that they agree. Put the class contract visible somewhere and check it often with the class. Normally, I post it along a wall higher, which we all see often and to which we can refer. Hello, Amanda! Yes, it becomes the general expectation of my classroom that students must follow. I think if we develop them together, they are much more invested in following them. I also use a variation of the Whole Brain rules available on my blog. I read books every day and choose stories that illustrate how children deal with different emotions and issues. We talk about the stories and students share their connections. These books for class meetings are great for conveying social skills and leading those important conversations. It`s great! I love the way you talk about each part.
Is the class contract your rules? Or do you have anything else to do with the rules? Or is the class contract the expectations that students must meet? From the beginning of the year, we discuss social issues every day. We talk about respect, community, teamwork, responsibility, etc. I ask them questions and give them scenarios to discuss and answer. This promotes critical thinking and the sharing of views. When stickers are added, we see some ideas from each section. Once all the stickers are added, count and write down the number of stickers next to each “big” idea. These “big” ideas become the main ingredients of the class contract. If children think these ideas are the most important, they will be more likely to persevere and work hard. Some of the ideas for “A large classroom looks open, welcoming, respectful, happy, honest and more. We move on to how a “great” classroom sounds (what they hear in terms of noise and what people say).
Children assiduously share their ideas and I add them to this section. I am new to inquiry learning and PYP. I`m only in Grade 4. .