In Room 13, there are four simple agreements that we follow in order to help us to learn and work together. These agreements come from the Tribes Learning Community framework, a framework used by many schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board.
1) Attentive Listening
We agree to pay close attention to one another’s expression of ideas, opinions, and feelings; to check for understanding; and to let others know that they have been heard. We use listening bodies and taking turns.
2) Mutual Respect
We agree to affirm the value and uniqueness of each person; to recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences; and to offer feedback that encourages growth. We treat others how we want to be treated back.
3) Appreciation / Put-ups
We agree to treat others kindly; to state appreciation for unique qualities, gifts, skills, and contributions; and to use positive language, gestures, and behaviours. We give put-ups not put-downs.
4) Right to Pass / Right to Participate
We have the right to choose where and to what extent we will participate in a group activity; to observe quietly if not participating actively; and to choose whether to offer observations later to a group when asked to do so. We say “pass” if we don’t feel comfortable taking part.
These agreements are practised day by day in our classroom and your student should know them by heart. Ask them how they can practice these agreements at home!
Visit the Tribes Learning Community website for more information on Tribes.