What every democratic classroom needs! The classroom Bill of Rights is a fun way to establish students' rights and responsibilities so they not only follow them but also have a sense of ownership in the classroom.
Step 1: Step 1: Students Brainstorm Ideas for Homework
-Have students create about 5 rights and responsibilities they think students should have in the classroom.
-Rights and responsibilities could include:
- Every student has the responsibility to ask questions.
- Every student has the right to have their questions answered.
- Every student has the right to voice their opinion and be heard.
Step 2: Step 2: Brainstorm Ideas As a Class From the Homework Assignment
-Students will volunteer their ideas they came up with for the previous night's homework assignment.
-The goal is to narrow down the list to 10 rights and responsibilities that students feel are essential to their classroom.
Step 3: Step 3: Make the Final Product
-Students will write the agreed-upon 10 rights/responsibilities on a large sheet of paper.
-To make this more real/authentic, teachers may want to consider using parchment paper and burning the edges so it looks similar to the real Constitution.