The best thing to do in the whole process is that after the lesson, you start to see how the work chord does its magic. Students take note of the screams and remind them that it is only one voice at a time. When I ask students why they are coming out, I often hear, “I have to concentrate.” The teaching agreement, which is on the wall of our room, reminds students of what we have agreed as a classroom so that we can all learn successfully. It is a good thing when students are taking care of their own learning. At Learning Forward, we have a long history of developing, reviewing, modifying and using staff agreements to preserve the culture we value. Our agreements describe how we want to be treated and how we are expected to deal with others. Our goal is to establish a culture of organization that respects the know-how and needs of individuals, while supporting a common goal. We aim for a work environment that people consider productive, stimulating, entertaining and responsible. While Learning Forward employees can choose other words to describe the environment, all employees engage in our staff agreements. They go to themselves and other agreements and, through semi-annual evaluations, deal with the agreements that are most difficult to them. Teachers always agree to set standards in a classroom. Teaching students to be self-discipline and to learn respect is to become a science student.
Having class contracts can make a class extremely large. Class agreements can lead everyone to act and think like their instructor. The ten pathways you have created for Ms. Sackson are very important for an educational process. You mentioned that you need to spend time before you consolidate your beliefs about learning. It was very important for someone who takes his time before rushing to do his job. After sharing all the groups, I asked, “Does anyone want to share what they notice about our expectations of approval?” The students spoke of how important we all are to communication and collaboration. The students also spoke about the importance of not shouting.
We have a serious discussion about attention and we have focused on the task and whether those two are equal or different. (FYI, after my fourth and fifth graders, you may be on the job, but not be focused and you can be focused, but not on the task. For these reasons, we have respected both in our labor agreement.) They are divided into groups. You need to develop a work standard that you think you have in our classroom. For each standard created, create an image that should take them with you. (This encourages visual learners to participate.) Each person in the group will be at the turn of speaking out and explaining their standard. The members of the group will first listen, accept or contradict and explain their thoughts. At the end of time, the groups gather in the whole class and share their ideas. During the holidays, I was reminded of the impact of the organization`s culture on the mandate and success of the individual in organizations. Creating a positive work culture is hard work and only those who understand the power of culture may be willing to invest in the measures needed to achieve it.