Leah, Max, and Abby are on their way to their first day of fourth grade! They are nervous about how their teacher will begin the year, and feel unsettled. Abby is sitting alone on the bus, and is worried about who she will sit next to in class.
After greeting students individually at the door, Morah L. encouraged her students to make wise seating choices and to sit beside someone who will be helpful and encouraging to get work done beside. Leah, Max, and Abby were glad for the immediate sense of routine, instruction, independence, and ownership over their learning. They chose to sit near each other.
Leah, Max, and Abby work with Miss L. to create a classroom Brit, which will serve as a promise to each other regarding behaviour in the classroom. Miss L. explained to her students the importance of making promises to ourselves and our classmates about standards of behaviour, and emphasized creating promises that are simple, definable, enforceable, expansive, and visible. Miss L. had her students create the Brit while she supported from the side of the room so that they would feel ownership over their class rules.
Our Classroom Brit: 1) Let other people finish speaking first -Leah 2) Ask Questions if you don't understand-Max 3)