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Class Meeting

  1. 1. Class Meetings Ms. Mercer Fifth Grade Nicholas Elementary
  2. 2. What are class meetings? <ul><li>A place where conflicts and problems can be resolved. </li></ul><ul><li>A place where we can help each other as a class. </li></ul><ul><li>A place we can plan together as a class. </li></ul><ul><li>A place where we can thank and compliment each other. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The goal of our meetings is: <ul><li>To make our class a better place -- a simple goal, that will require work. </li></ul><ul><li>To change “mistaken” behavior. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are the goals of “mistaken” behavior? <ul><li>To get attention </li></ul><ul><li>To seek revenge or get their way </li></ul><ul><li>To get even with the teacher/adult or get in a power struggle </li></ul><ul><li>To give up </li></ul>
  5. 5. Guidelines for our meeting <ul><li>Everyone will show respect for others at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>We will sit in a circle quietly, with good body space, facing toward the center. There will be no side conversations. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not interrupt, speak out of turn, or point. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use the person’s name when speaking to or about them. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be asked to leave the circle, and then the class, if you violate the rules. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t behave well enough to stay in the meeting, you won’t be able to speak, or vote, even if the item is from or about you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The parts of the meeting <ul><li>The class will get into a circle quickly, quietly, and safely </li></ul><ul><li>The meeting starts with compliments or thanks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each student will get the discussion ball in turn and will give a compliment to someone (or more than one) in the class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The person complimented acknowledges this by thanking the person by name. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ball is then passed on to the next person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone must participate in this part! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The next part is the agenda <ul><li>Agenda is where the class can bring items up at the meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>This is where we discuss problems or conflicts. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Process for getting on the agenda for the class meeting <ul><li>Fill out a Class Meeting Agenda form and place it in the agenda box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything above the solutions should be filled out </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When the teacher chooses your item, you will be asked if there is still a problem. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Process for an agenda item <ul><li>You will be given a chance to present your problem to the class </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone involved in the conflict will get a chance to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Only the person with the discussion ball can speak! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next steps with Agenda items <ul><li>The class will then take turns making suggestions about solutions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, only the person with the discussion ball can speak. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All solutions will be listed on the agenda sheet. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Solutions <ul><li>Once there is a list of solutions, the class votes on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Then class needs to decide which solutions are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related to the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasonable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If it doesn’t meet this criteria, it can’t be implemented. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Follow-up <ul><li>The detention monitor will be responsible for confirming that the solution is carried out. </li></ul><ul><li>The monitor will then report back to the teacher by giving her the agenda sheet with notes on when it was resolved. </li></ul>
  13. 13. In closing… <ul><li>This process will only work as well as we work together, so let’s do our best. </li></ul>