Class Meeting



The classroom meeting is to productively solve any problems in the class. It is also a way to encourage students and get positive feedback. The idea is to involve the students in the meeting. This will help them establish strong leadership and problem solving skills. 

Preparation

1. Explain the class meeting idea to the students at the beginning of the year and tell them about the purpose of the classroom meetings. The purpose is to encourage the students to work in a community where they respect each other and learn to problem solve. They will be given the opportunity to express their feelings and concerns. Furthermore, the purpose is to help them improve the classroom, so that it becomes the best it can be. 

2. The class meeting is held on a weekly basis for 15 to 20 minutes only. 

3. A "Classroom Meeting" t-shirt or name tag will be prepared for the leader by the teacher.

4. A "Suggestion Box" will be created by the teacher. The students can help decorate it during their free time. This is a box that students can put their ideas in for the week about any problems or positive observations about their classmates and the class. 

5. We will assign a name for each meeting. There will be a sign saying the title of that particular meeting with the time on it (For example- "Behaviour Clean-up" and "1-2-3 Magic Achievements"....)  

6. Prepare an agenda to end each meeting. 

How to Run the Class Meeting 

1. Choose a place where the students can sit and where you can have the meeting. For example, sitting at their desk or sitting on the floor in a circle. Choose a way for the students to sit that is unusual to their regular classroom situations. 

2. The teacher will lead the classroom meetings at first. Then they will encourage the students to become the facilitator for the next meeting. 

3. The teacher will chose a problem from the "Suggestion Box" from the week before. The students will brainstorm ideas about ways to proactively fix this problem. 

4. The next week, the teacher will chose a positive suggestion from the week before. The paper will be read. The student will be rewarded with a prize for their efforts.  

5. The teacher or the leader of the class meeting will record what they learned in the meeting in their agendas.   

Below, you will find a presentation and some websites that will help you build upon your class meeting ideas.  





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Nora Abdulhadi,
Apr 15, 2011, 7:28 AM
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Nora Abdulhadi,
Jan 25, 2011, 9:54 AM
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