Teaching for Leadership: Classroom Pledge
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Teaching for Leadership: Classroom Pledge


In this video we explore how to turn classroom rules into a classroom pledge that your students want to follow. The idea is to get your students to help write the rules in the form of a classroom pledge. This gives them ownership of the classroom rules and encourages them to help each other behave. Divide your whiteboard into two and ask your students to brainstorm ideas about good classroom behavior and how they should treat each other. Write their ideas down on one side of the board and repeat this process for things they shouldn’t do. If you have young students who can’t read, try having them draw pictures as part of the brainstorming process. If any important social skills are missing, give your students a hint or help them find it. Then have them help combine similar ideas on both sides. Be sure to thank them and give them praise for their ideas. Your goal is to reinforce positive behavior. With these two lists write your classroom pledge. For example: “In Room 314 we are always kind, listen to our teacher, ask a lot of questions and help each other. We don’t say or do things that hurt or take without asking. We are here to learn and do our best!” Speak out your pledge together once a day and your students will want to help each other follow their very own classroom rules – If you have your own ideas on how to improve the classroom please let us know in the comments and please post your own versions of the classroom pledge 🙂 We’re releasing updates regularly, so don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Thank you for watching!

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3 thoughts on “Teaching for Leadership: Classroom Pledge

  1. It is a great idea and similar the idea of being aware of your emotions. Making a consensus decision to name and shame or fame different behavior is a great type of social manipulation.

    This only work though, if the children doesn't hate their teacher. If they don't want to be good for the teacher, then the pledge is meaningless.

    The children need to monitor and gossip about each other's behavior for it to work to. Other classes without the pledge can interact with them, because the polite class will be beaten up. Evil prays on goodness.

  2. Heres the thing, they will write down what they think what you expect them write.
    Fot exampls, if the student wants to make a rule about using the toilet in the middle of the class he is most likely to write that toilet during class should be banned.
    If a student rebels against the norm, you can say that he is a true leader as he isn't necessarily following anyone, he is just making his own ideas flourish

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