Building a Classroom Community. Students are challenged to take greater ownership in building their classroom community. This begins with conversations around the topic of rules, why they exist, and how they are a reflection of our own societal values. Students are given group tasks that require collaboration to solve a problem or task with as little teacher intervention as possible.
Learning and practicing strategies for self-advocacy. The topic of fairness is a recurring issue at this age, and we teach students how to advocate for themselves in an appropriate manner to assist them in navigating frustrating situations.
Resolving Conflict. Conflict resolution is the culminating skill of the year, combining what students learned about being a community member and appropriate advocacy to practice this vital skill.