Ideas for Use:
This video shows two of the purposes for a class meeting: problem-solving and checking-in. The same class of students shown in the “September” video comes together for a class meeting in January. The purpose of the meeting is to reflect on how well the class is achieving the values and goals for how they will treat each other that they set in September. The teacher skillfully facilitates the class meeting by focusing on solutions, not culprits. Students themselves identify the challenges and come up with possible solutions. The power of this video is not limited to an example of a student-centered class meeting. In the course of the meeting, the issue of teasing comes up. In a powerful and emotional segment, students reveal how much trust they have built in their learning community by being able to describe their own experiences of being teased and how hurtful it is to them. Others in the class begin to recognize how hurtful and harmful they may have been to their classmates.
Comment from Joy Pelton, faculty member in the multiple subjects teacher credential program at the California State University, Sacramento.