The rules in Alon (fourth grade) are “care for self,” “care for others” and “care for the environment.” We asked students, “What might this look like in our classroom?”

Some ideas they came up with included: be kind, wash your hands, listen to each other. Here is a picture of the many other ways that students imagined these rules playing out in our community.

Alon Rules
(Courtesy photo)

We look forward to reflecting on this with the students, and we welcome any suggestions from students about more ways to engage both splits simultaneously. As we continue to build our learning community this year, we will have many opportunities to co-create our classroom community and reflect on how our rules and routines are supporting us all.

Danielle Smith is a fourth grade teacher at JCDS.

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