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Search for Google images for “class rules” and “class chords” (or “essential chords,” as they are called in the PYP) and see if anything surprises you… […] A key agreement has been reached in our classroom. He focused on two areas: how we deal with each other and how we […] […] Time, but it is a delicate and important process in our attempt to understand each other. This blog, from the IB website, is a great resource for those who are interested in formulating essential agreements […] The National School Reform Faculty summarizes why we should have protocols; essentially create the conditions for positive cooperation. We then see teams preparing their meeting protocols: everyone contributes to them, is on time, is attentive, comes prepared, etc. After our class discussion on our essential agreement, a boy raised his hand. “Where are the rules? If it is an essential agreement, should it not say what we can and cannot do? Today, Jocelyn and I developed our class agreement. We started asking the children to think carefully and then write down what helps them learn and what hinders their learning. Later, we brought back a list of all the things they had written, and as a group, the students highlighted those they considered to be an essential class agreement that would maximize learning for all. This will be compiled, another time, to make sure everyone agrees and then we will have our class meal agreement! We are now ready to publish our core agreements. We plan to live “em, not laminate” and to constantly reflect them throughout the year as needed. Our teaching and learning team has an “essential agreement” inspired by this clip: we then taught again at work using a growing definition to design essential agreements of our employees. Essential agreements are not rules and directions, but essential agreements indicate common standards and expectations.

This is a joint action by all the staff in this classroom or all the teams involved to outline the environment that will help everyone learn and achieve their best. The class insisted that everything was essential and that nothing could be lost with this agreement! The word shows the keywords in the original student list, which helps them learn. We believe it is important to have an essential agreement based on creating an environment conducive to learning and not on rules and regulations. In a PYP school, every class, every team, even the entire school, has an essential agreement that sets the tone for collaboration and teamwork. Otherwise, how could we know what the common standards and expectations are? There are endless opportunities to develop such agreements, and since the start of a new school year in Australia, all our teams and classes have been working on theirs. In Kingsville, all classrooms at the beginning of the year are creating an essential agreement. Kingsville creates essential agreements for each team, each task force and the entire school. Essential agreements can cover a lot of topics including: I`m so impressed with how you`ve pushed your students to think beyond the rules. Faced with the good lead, the students have the deepest ideas.