The Importance of Being Earnest: Considering Classroom Codes of Conduct

“Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.”

― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Observing lessons this morning and listening to staff and students discuss barriers to learning was invaluable and does require time for more in-depth personal processing and reflection during the course of this week. However, what I would like to mention today was that I loved working with Paula, Katie, Jacqueline, and Emma in the afternoon and that, possibly as a result of recently being bombarded with an abundance of acronyms in education, we collaborated fabulously by creating a ‘Classroom Codes of Conduct’ acronym so potentially powerful that would make Aretha Franklin as proud as a peacock and as pleased as punch (- and like many more celebrated similes, I’m certain of it)!

Drum roll, please……………………

“In the classroom, we will all be R.E.S.P.E.C.T.E.D!”

Originally, we had thought of the ‘S’ as “Self-Evaluation” – and, of course, it still could be, but I wondered whether or not it was too similar to “Reflective”. There was also an abundance of important concepts beginning with ‘E’ and perhaps Effort and Encouragement might seem crowded together on the same line, but I think they also compliment each other strongly… It’s still a work in progress with lots of room for negotiation and personalisation, but working together was a positive and fun end to a busy day.

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6 responses to “The Importance of Being Earnest: Considering Classroom Codes of Conduct

  1. You’re far too generous in your praise. Love the RESPECTED acronym. How did you do the chalkboard bit? Your site always looks so much more organised than mine!!

  2. I grabbed a blackboard template from the web, imported it into Pages (Microsoft Word would also be fine), slapped on the old chalk-style writing, turned it into a JPEG, cropped it, saved it, waved my magic wand and HEY PRESTO! Believe me, it’s really easy to do! Your blog is fantastic, insightful and hysterical!

  3. Yes how did you do the chalkboard? AMAZING! Love love love your writing and your group acronym. Love your literary allusions. Love it! x

  4. Thanks, Jas! It was fun teamwork this afternoon! Let’s work together tomorrow!

  5. Absolutely loving your blog Zoffs – maybe you could some of us a 10-min blog master class?

  6. Yes please Zoffs, I seriously need a master class… Your Blog looks lovely 🙂

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