Class culture is best nurtured all year, and is most effective when it is authentic and relevant to learners. Class Values Rankings provide students with an opportunity to reflect each day on their progress towards key classroom values. In this strategy, the teacher provides students with the opportunity to identify specific examples of how they did or didn't embody the classroom values that day and assign their class a rating on that value for the day. After students have the opportunity to discuss, the class comes to consensus about how well they did. Students then have the opportunity to identify different ways they can improve the following day. Reflecting on the day's specific moments helps to create a classroom of trust, and a culture of accountability. It is also essential to developing a shared value-oriented language that can be referred to throughout the day.
Build a list of values that will guide you and your student's mindsets and actions all year. These values should both plot your vision for teaching and learning and also create a framework for learners to connect the dots from actions to these key mindsets.
See the "Pillars of Power" document in the Resources section below for an example of class values that could be used.
Build activities into class to teach the key values, especially in the beginning of the year. Consider having students participate in team building exercises to identify the values in process.
See the "Marshmallow Challenge Team-Building Activity" strategy for an example of an activity that could be used to teach core values.
In order to reinforce the meaning and understanding of your class values, try to use them in every day discussions, either 1:1 when conferencing with students or in front of the whole class. This helps students connect the values to specific actions and behaviors they can demonstrate on a daily basis, and begin to see the ways in which they can grow and improve.
For example, you might say, "We're going to have to show a lot of grit today because the AC is out!" or "You showed a lot of professionalism there making sure to write down all of your notes."
At the end of each day, ask students to reflect on the day and rate how well they did as a class, or individually, on each value. Encourage students to be honest with themselves and take responsibility if they showed or lacked the pillars at any point.
Students should practice both providing a rating and giving a specific example from class of how they did or did not embody that value.
Watch the video in the Resources section below to see students connecting specific moments and behaviors from class to the core values.
Once students have been given the opportunity to talk among themselves to determine where they were throughout the day, ask the class to come to a consensus of how they did that day.
Finally, ask students to identify different ways that they can improve in each value the next day. This ensures students identify the possibility of growth for the following day and have the opportunity to set goals for themselves as individuals and as a whole class.
Class reflections can also be valuable at the end of an activity.
How could class ratings support students to reflect on their performance?
How could you modify this strategy for your students?
ClassDojo is a multi-faceted classroom management tool focused on reinforcing classroom expectations and communicating those expectations out with the individual student, class, and families.
ClassDojo can support this strategy by providing teachers with concrete ways to reinforce these key values positively by using the points and portfolio systems.
Google Forms are an easy way to gather (form) and aggregate (sheet) information. Response to a Google Form document can be aggregated, sorted, and saved in a Google Sheet.
Google Forms can support this strategy by creating a simple way for students to reflect daily and individually on the class values and set goals for the next day.