"If we want good outcomes in the traditional 3 R's: Reading, Riting, and Rithmitic, we need an additional 3 R's: Relationship, Respect, and Responsibility"*
Creating a safe learning community where children feel included and respected is crucial to academic success. To do this students need positive relational agreements on how they will treat and relate to each other. There a four agreements: 1)attentive listening, 2)appreciation/no put-downs, 3)right to pass, 4) mutual respect. A fifth agreement will be created by the students.
*Gibbs, J. (2007). Discovering gifts in middle school. Windsor, CA: Center Source Systems.
To pay close attention to one another's expression of ideas, opinions and feelings; to check for understanding; and to let others know they have been heard.
To treat others kindly; to state appreciation for unique qualities, gifts, skills and contributions; to avoid negative remarks, name-calling, hurtiful gestures and behaviors
Right to Pass
To have the right to choose when and to what extent one will participate in a group activity; to observe quietly if not participating actively; and to choose whether to offer observations later to a group when invited
To affirm the value and uniqueness of each person; to recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences; and offer feedback that encourages growth.