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Over the past couple of weeks, collaboration and cooperation have been utilized in a variety of ways. We discovered appropriate group sizes as well as appropriate personality match-ups. Throughout the process I have observed specific behaviors that are positive to our learning as well as those that need tweaking to enhance the learning experiences for everyone. I shared these observations and insights with the class. Based on the discussion about my observations the class came up with these Essential Agreements to live by while at school. Each one has a brief explanation underneath it.
Respect Others and Property
We chose this as it is important to treat others the way we want them to treat us as well as the property in our classroom (personal or class collective). Our words and actions reflect the value we see in each other. We have learned how to ask to borrow someone's personal items, as well as where in the classroom the class supplies are located. We have been reminded about returning items to where they belong in good working condition.
One Voice at a Time
We know that conversations involve speaking and listening. In order for all 27 of us to share our thoughts, we have chosen this agreement. As listeners, we are working on turning to the speaker so he/she knows we are actively listening to him/her and show that we care about the topic being shared. As the speaker, we are working on correct pronunciation and articulation of the more advanced vocabulary being developed over the course of this year.
Stay Out of "The Zone"
This agreement was decided to be of great value in achieving all other agreements. The students and I know all too well of "The Zone", the place the mind wanders to when we become disengaged from the learning moment. We have made a promise to each other to do our best to help each other STAY OUT OF THE ZONE. This will be a direct result of our Active Participation in all activities (our favorite is Brain Break :-) )
Appropriate Behavior for the Environment
As 5th graders, we know where and when different behaviors are acceptable and expected. Throughout the multitude of experiences with family and schoolmates, we have learned when to run around and yell (recess) and when to quietly walk without talking (hallways of schools and hospitals). We agreed to be cognizant of our behaviors so they match the environment we are in.
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A 5th grade teacher working to inspire her students to solve problems, think critically about various topics, and build relationships.