Case study; Supporting children in making choices.
It is the beginning of the new school year. The class teacher and yourself need to speak to the new class about the kind of behaviour you expect to see in the class. You have decided that you will involve the pupils in discussing a set of class rules.
Why might this be a worthwhile exercise?
This exercise would be worthwhile because it shows that you are trusting the children to help you make suggestions to the rules that are going to be set for the rest of the school year, the children will pick rules that they think should be set in the class and the choices they should make while in the class to respect others around them, they can then be put up around the classroom to remind them of the rules that they set at the beginning of the year.
What support would you need to give the pupils?
I would remind them of things like others feelings and others opinions if doing a group discussion, I would ask them to include things they would like other people to do to them if they where talking or working as part of a team.
Have you been involved in similar activities in your own school?
At the beginning of the school year we had a circle time discussion about what the children thought our classroom rules should be and why? The rules where then copied up and put on display in the classroom