In a PYP school, each working group (teachers or students) begins to create an “essential agreement.” In the classroom, this means that it is not a teacher who imposes rules, but that everyone works together to find an agreement on how the class will work. At first I was a little confused, but I had to smile. When I said it was not the rules, but essential agreements, I realized that they were the same for him. Back at school, preparations for some are at full throttle and stop for others, because summer is about to be chosen! I tend to fall into the latter category myself… despite good intentions each year. You know, last-minute stuff, moments before the kids go to class? But that`s how I play after 23 years of this gig! However, for the many, many teachers who will be new to the PYP this year, I wanted to publish a list of essentials for each PYP classroom, which would give a lot of time to those of you who, like me, tend to delay the whole summer to prepare. The word shows the keywords in the original student list, which helps them learn. We believe it is important to have an essential agreement based on creating an environment conducive to learning and not on rules and regulations. What I noticed is that despite the title, many class agreements are still lists of rules.
This is one of the best I have read so far on discussion and creating an essential agreement. Teachers and students are sometimes so “accustomed” to creating them, but they have not understood why they did it. The best thing would be to leave the value to the class. It`s a great contribution! […] Time, but it is a delicate and important process in our attempt to understand each other. This blog, from the IB website, is a great resource for those who are interested in formulating essential agreements […] After our class discussion on our essential agreement, a boy raised his hand. “Where are the rules? If it is an essential agreement, should it not say what we can and cannot do? Learning profile posters are important in that they describe a learner`s character traits, and as we do every day, it is important for children to be able to see the language of the learner profile and have the posters under their noses, as we constantly refer to these learning characteristics. Each study unit focuses on the specific profile characteristics of learners, with attitudes integrated into the descriptors. Check your planners to find out which ones are at the centre of each planner`s concerns. I like to highlight the features (and key concepts) that are our focal point for each unit. Another blog I recently created looks at my favorite books to strengthen the learning profile. You can find a link to this article here.
As far as I`m concerned, since I teach in an IB school, I prefer to start my class by creating an “essential agreement” to make sure my class is working well and well.