Last week, I mentioned that I had the kids sign the Classroom Covenant as part of a prayer service. Someone requested that I share it so I am happy to do so. I’m not sure who composed it…it’s been in use by the parish program for a number of years. It is not copyrighted so by all means feel free to use it (or amend it) if it suits your needs.
I have the right to be HAPPY and to be treated with KINDNESS in this classroom.
This means that no one will LAUGH at me, IGNORE me or HURT my feelings.
I have the right to be MYSELF in this classroom. This means that no one will treat me UNFAIRLY because I am FAT OR THIN, FAST OR SLOW, BOY OR GIRL.
I have the right to HEAR and be HEARD in this classroom. This means that no one will YELL, SCREAM, OR SHOUT. My opinion and needs will be considered in any plans we make.
I have a right in this classroom to learn about MYSELF. This means that I will be free to express my feelings and opinions without being interrupted or punished.
I have a right to be ME, to learn about ME, about OTHERS, and about GOD.
I look forward to RESPECTING your RIGHTS and MINE and RESPECTING the person’s desk I am sitting at and the classroom I am in. I will not destroy, write on, or misuse the things at their desk or in this classroom, because I do not want anyone to destroy the things that belong to me.
Joe, I like your Covenant. I hope this helps with my Confirmation Prep class. The first two sessions were a little unruly. I have 22 students in the classroom. It’s evenly split with 11 boys and 11 girls. Thank you for all the wonderful work that you do.
I added a “I have the responsibility to…” statement, after each “I have the right to phrases”
Good addition, Theresa!
Patrick, you’re welcome. That’s a large group you have there. Do you have an aide?
Yes I do!. Jennifer is a HS student at Nazareth Academy. She is a wonderful Aide. I look forward to our next class on Sunday.
Patrick, sounds like you’re blessed with some very good help!