Classroom Covenant

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.


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

6 Comments on Classroom Covenant

  1. 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.

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