Fourth grade students in Peggy Price’s class have entered into a classroom contract for the 2012-13 school year. Mrs. Price is asking students to have “Five Things Ready”: listening, raising a quiet hand, do your best, be responsible, and respect others.
The students and Mrs. Price then discussed what was expected of each other. Here are some highlights:
Students are allowed to:
- Always listen
- Raise a hand and wait for the teacher to call on you
- When you do raise your hand quietly, be patient
Students are NOT allowed to:
- Sound like a monkey when you raise your hand
- Glue Ashlin’s homework to the ceiling
- Throw spit balls at the teacher
The teacher is allowed to:
- Be fun and spontaneous
- Have a pizza party with balloons
- Let us dissect a frog. Coleman has pocketknives she could borrow.
The teacher is NOT allowed to:
- Give too much homework
- Be mean
- Let us ride dirt bikes in the classroom
By creating a contract, our teachers are empowering students to be responsible for their classroom environment and building the kind of learning environment that allows them to learn best.
Now – about those frogs….