Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.5
Rules for a happy class
- Write "rule" on the board.
- Ask students to suggest examples of rules and write them on the board under the heading "What's a rule". If necessary, the teacher may suggest examples.
- Choose a suitable example for discussion. e.g. "You're not allowed to drive too fast." Explain why or in what circumstances the example is needed. Who does it affect? Does it ensure a degree of fairness for all? Ask students to discuss other examples.
- Ask students whether they know any class rules. Discuss why we need class rules. Ask students if they can think of any other rules we need for a happy class. Revisit the questions discussed in Activity 3.2 and discuss the fair and unfair behaviours that may occur at school.
- After the discussion, decide on the most important rules for a happy class (up to 10) and write them on a piece of card or butcher's paper for display in the classroom.
- This activity encourages students to understand that they can influence decisions which help make fairer daily lives for all.