Along with involving students in the selection of topics to be covered, I would also involve them in developing behavior guidelines for the class. According to Marzano, Marzano, and Pickering (2009, p. 13), “Probably the most obvious aspect of effective classroom management involves the design and implementation of classroom rules and procedures.” In their book, Discipline with Dignity, Curwin, Mendler, and Mendler (2008, p. 68) agree with the importance of involving student in the development of the classroom rules and procedures, introducing their view of the classroom rules and procedures as a social contract, “The social contract is an agreement between teacher and students about the values, rules, and consequences for classroom behavior.” Using a social contract would not only increase student responsibility, but it would also affect their academic achievement.
- Curwin, R., Mendler, A., & Mendler, B. (2008). Discipline with dignity: New challenges, new solutions (3rd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
- Marzano, R., Marzano, J., & Pickering, D. (2009). Classroom management that works. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.