Creating Win-Win Classrooms

Damane-b120x148Outstanding Young Educator Bijal Damani starts each school year with two tools that help her students establish a positive classroom culture and take ownership of their goals.

Based on Stephen Covey’s work, Win-Win Agreements set the stage for a collaborative relationship between the educator and students. Damani and students spend several days writing and refining their Win-Win Agreements, defining expectations leaving little room for conflict.

Scorecards are physical reminders of where students are and where they want to be. Scorecards include updated data on each student’s academic targets in each subject, career focus, the college or university the student wishes to apply to, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, and attendance and homework records.

How do you build a collaborative, goal-oriented classroom culture?