|Scooped by Ross M. Adcock|
On this website following units from the book "Discovering Democracy", there are many tasks and activities that teachers could utilize in their teaching to help students understand the nature of class and school decision making.The website's information covers a range of topics, and focusing on the topics of "Joining in" and "Rules and Laws" teachers can help explain the concepts rules and regulations to students, and furthermore, the teacher can use this resource to help explain why rules are necessary in other contexts, such as the classroom or the school environment.
Specifically addressing the section under stage 2 for "Rules and Laws", students can engage in an activity called "Guess my rules" where they play a game where only the teacher knows the rules, and when students break the rules they have to sit out. This task demonstrates the understanding that rules need to be fair and explicit.
Why wasn't the game fun?
What is the point of having rules? Are they important?
What rules do we have in the classroom?
By having the students collaborate and attempt to work out the rules and the importance of having them, they will be engaging within the Zone of Proximal Development, drawing information from the "knowledgable other" (Teacher) and collaborating and discussing with their peers.