Not negotiation with a teacher, anyway.
On Friday afternoon, I left some large sheets of paper on the floor, along with some pens.
I explained to the yr 4 cherubs that we needed an Essential Agreement for our classroom.
They all knew what I was talking about. Hands began to shoot up - ready to offer their first idea for my approval.
Then... I stood and walked out of the room.
I came back in after the initial shock value 15 seconds. I must have looked excited, because the kidlets were hard at it, in groups, all discussing what could go in their version.
|These clever chickens asked to borrow last years' EA to make sure they 'got it all covered'.|
I didn't offer one suggestion, or approve/disapprove of any idea. I let them go for it for 20 minutes of fully-engaged discussion. They were pumped.
|Not even my class..... some of my girls defected to 4CS! Ridiculous!|
Some of my kids abandoned 4RB. Some of Miss Scroope's kids abandoned her. Suddenly, this became about a year 4 EA, rather than one for each class. Great how the kids can take something like this and run with it!
Tomorrow, we bring these ideas together and discuss positive language. Tomorrow, we may categorise some of the thinking. Tomorrow, we play some more with the idea of the kids creating their Essential Agreement. Tomorrow, I will see if each kid feels they 'own' this EA.
I wonder if I'll succumb to putting my thoughts in there, or if I'll let this be truly a student-led piece?
My thoughts are that we could keep it as a living document and allow ourselves to add to it if we find that something arises which we may have missed. Could an EA be negotiated by the students throughout the school year?
Crazy talk has begun and it's only week 1.
I love school.