The Continuous Improvement Classroom Ground Rules Ground rules created by students Classroom mission statements Quality tools and PDSA used regularly The Continuous Improvement Classroom Classroom meetings facilitated by students Student-led conferences Classroom and student measurable goals Classroom data centers Student data folders What are the reasons why we would want to involve students in creating classroom ground rules? Discuss Expectations • What do students expect of: – – – – the school? the class? themselves? the teacher • It is important for students to know what to expect so they know what they should / could be improving on • Expectations lay the foundation for: ground rules, mission statements and goal setting • CI is really affecting my learning in a positive way. It makes me determined because I know there is a goal. • Student Expectations: What is a Quality Kid? Example: Ground Rules • Any teacher anywhere should be able to say, “Line Basics” or “Body Basics” and have the students follow these rules. Ground Rules • Provides opportunity for student ownership and responsibility • Serve as the standard for behavior by which all agree to follow • Reduces potential behavior problems because students developed the ground rules and are more likely to follow them Ground Rules – Purpose? • Build a climate of trust • Create an atmosphere for open communication • Emphasize the importance of listening with respect and acceptance • Help the class meet classroom goals and follow the agreed upon mission statement • Result = Increased communication, risktaking and productivity Ground Rules - Process? • Established together with all students participating – This allows for ownership of the process • Tools – Brainstorm – Affinity Diagram – Nominal Group Technique What Do They Look Like? • Everyone participates • Listen to each other • One person speaks at a time • Take turns • Respect others opinions Process The Affinity Diagram being used to make Ground Rules Affinity Diagrams • You know how when you walk into a classroom for the first time, your new teacher gives you your assigned seats and then you unpack your school supplies into your desk. After that, they tell you their class rules and the consequences for breaking them. Then they tell you what they expect for your goal for the rest of the year. When I walked into Mrs. Thompson's class it was different, we got to make the rules for ourselves and determined what our goals are for the trimester. Mrs. Thompson treats us like adults, we get our own say about what we do. • Student At Your Table… • Create ground rules for your table • Your ground rules will determine boundaries and expectations as you interact together during training • Don’t forget to use the 3 Power Tools – Brainstorm – Affinity Diagram – Nominal Group Technique Create your table’s ground rules! Be sure to review them before all group activities and at the beginning and end of the day! Journal Writing… What is your plan to involve students in the creation of classroom ground rules?