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Our teaching and learning team has an “essential agreement” inspired by this clip: essential chords are essentially a list of important agreements for balance in our classroom. They essentially consist of good attitudes, reinforce the profiles of learners and are simply essential for the environment to function properly and be respectful. They are expected to stay on top all year round. You can of course complete and adapt them if the opportunities arise. But for the most part, you want these babies to agree and rise in that first month. It`s essential. As far as I`m concerned, since I teach in an IB school, I prefer to start my class by creating an “essential agreement” to make sure my class is working well and well. Instead of teachers imposing their rules on their children, all members of the group work together to reach an agreement on how the classroom works. Here are some tips on how to create an essential chord in the classroom. At first I was a little confused, but I had to smile. When I said it was not the rules, but essential agreements, I realized that they were the same for him.

Learning profile posters are important in that they describe a learner`s character traits, and as we do every day, it is important for children to be able to see the language of the learner profile and have the posters under their noses, as we constantly refer to these learning characteristics. Each study unit focuses on the specific profile characteristics of learners, with attitudes integrated into the descriptors. Check your planners to find out which ones are at the centre of each planner`s concerns. I like to highlight the features (and key concepts) that are our focal point for each unit. Another blog I recently created looks at my favorite books to strengthen the learning profile. You can find a link to this article here. In a PYP school, each working group (teachers or students) begins to create an “essential agreement.” In the classroom, this means that it is not a teacher who imposes rules, but that everyone works together to find an agreement on how the class will work. […] 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 […] 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. Teachers in some schools are now starting to move from the use of the word “rules” to the use of the word “agreements.” What are the differences between rules and consistency in the classroom? Rules are imposed. They are defined for compliance purposes. Any violation of the rules should be punished in order to obtain the power of the rule. The rules are “above people.” The place of control is external and teaches us that we do not have power – so we are pushed towards obedience rather than inner motivation. 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.