Building Community In Grade 5 at Fox Hill

As I was walking through Fox Hill Elementary today, Mrs. Jaffe invited me in to her classroom to watch as some of our new Fox Hill fifth graders collaborated on setting the rules for the year.  Mrs. Jaffe and her fifth grade colleagues Mrs. Lee, Mr. Norman, and Mr. Lisano each spent time with a group of students from each of the fifth grade homerooms working on one of the four key values (pictured below). Each group of students developed a list of rules that aligned to the key value that they were discussing. 

It was great to see the students given ownership in creating the rules they will follow this year. There is no doubt that this type of respect, leads to more responsibility on the part of students. and that it will help instill a safe environment where students are kind to one another.  I

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