Monday, September 14, 2015

Social Contracts

To start off the school year, all of our teachers worked with their students to develop Social Contracts.  A social contract is an agreement negotiated between students and teacher which states classroom principles, rules, and consequences for classroom behavior. Contracts are different from traditional classroom rules in that students are involved in designing them, they ensure clarity of rules, include consequences and not punishments, allow for change with class needs, have safeguards to protect the dignity of students, and increase communication (Curwin, Mendler, & Mendler, 2009).

We took all of the contracts and made this Wordle.  (Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.)