One of the important tasks for the class this first week was to create an 'Essential Agreement'. This is an agreement of the behaviours and attitudes that we believe will help our classroom foster an environment where we can all be comfortable and achieve to the best of our abilities.
The process we used to do this was firstly dividing into teacher chosen groups of four. Next each group read though the agreement I created with my class last year as a starting point. From here, students discussed these and crossed out or changed things they didn't agree with, or thought could be improved upon. They then added any extra ideas or attitudes they felt should be included. We then met as a class and discussed our changes, and whether we all agreed or not. From here I've tried to include the essence of all their ideas into our final agreement. The final result has enthusiasm and commitment added to it. The keywords in each sentence (in yellow) are one of the International Baccalaureate (IB) attitudes.