March is about the time we rethink our expectations for teaching. With spring in the air, the purpose of our learning often fades as the sun‘s rays fill our days. Read on to see how creating a work agreement creates a collaborative classroom full of trust, understanding, and a common goal. A moment since my first answer, but things don‘t stay that way. My work has allowed me to determine what creates an “engaging” learning environment created by the teacher. With Glasser (choice theory) as a basis and more than 35 years of teaching, I developed “Please Be Child Friendly” as a mnemonic for PBCF. Here‘s the summary – much more on my blog with a graph. P stands for “Power” and gives everyone a voice. B is “belonging”, knowing one‘s learners.
C means “choice”, not free choice, but choice and explanation of the consequences. F stands for “fun”, the challenge for teachers is to combine this with performance. Below is an example of an employment contract for a company that offers many teachers in China. Most contracts differ depending on the company or school involved in the search for teachers and the country in which the company or school is located. This contract is simply available as an indication to give you an idea of what companies and schools expect from the teachers they employ. After reviewing the standard contract, you can review the employer‘s requirements and how their requirements will be met with yours. I am new to learning inquiry and PYP. I am only in 4th grade.
But I feel like I see too many teachers (maybe even myself!) devoting themselves to the idea of the agreement, to the idea that students actively participate in the construction of such agreements. When we actually guide our students creatively to make the arrangements we want from our class. It‘s hard for us to let go of control and guide students to make their decisions, not ours. I sometimes feel the same way about the exam. Yes, the survey is often structured and needs to be structured, but are we “pretending” to inquire about what students are interested in, or are we simply finding less than obvious ways to get them where we have already decided they should be? Both topics have kept me very busy when the school year starts where I am. Which ones could be used to start a conversation in your teams and schools? How would life be different this year if everyone agreed to play by a more powerful set of rules? How can a transformed work culture advance other goals in your context? You can also use group agreements for group project work. .