Lower Elementary students participate in weekly class meetings. The purpose of class meetings is to identify problems brought up by the children and brainstorm solutions as a community to fix the issue moving forward. When children feel involved in brainstorming and creating solutions, they are more likely to follow them. For example, this week, the problem we discussed was that people were writing on materials in the class. After a discussion, the children voted that they would erase writing that does not belong on materials as well as give friendly reminders if they see a friend doing so. Class meetings allow students to learn valuable social and life skills, build good character, and develop a sense of community.
Below, I listed some more details.
- Our class meetings will take place 2-3 times per week.
- There are jobs during Class Meetings:
- Facilitator (I do this): Keeps the meeting on track, moves the meeting along, facilitates respectful sharing
- Time Keeper (child’s job): Keeps track of the timing of each meeting segment and lets us know when the time is up
- Scribe (I do this): Records the brainstormed suggestions of the class on chart paper
- Secretary (child’s job): Records the problem and solutions in a notebook, which is a permanent record of the meetings and is accessible to all students anytime
- There are four sections to the Class Meeting:
- Compliments and Appreciations: This is a five to eight-minute opening where each person can give and receive a compliment or a thank you.
- Review of a past agenda item: The secretary reads one problem and solution from a previous meeting with a quick discussion to review how it’s going.
- Brainstorming: The person who added the agenda item being discussed shares it, and we take turns brainstorming solutions. After the brainstorming, we vote (if it’s a class problem), or the person who shared the item chooses a solution (if it’s not a whole-class issue).
- Connection Activity: This is a fun closing where we share jokes, riddles, or two-minute mysteries.