Students will help create one large classroom mascot that will remind them to keep their classroom a ridicule-free classroom, without hurtful comments or behaviours. The mascot represents how the class will behave and treat one another.
Large sheet of white paper (from paper roll)
Black felt pen
Step by Step:
Step One: Brainstorm ideas about a time when the students felt cared about, respected and safe being themselves in front of their peers. Ask the following kinds of questions: What was it about your peers that made you feel respected? Cared for? What did they do? What did they say?
Step Two: Have a student lie down on the large sheet of paper and have a few other students trace the outline of their body.
Step Three: Once the tracing is complete, cut the mascot out – but be sure to cut at least three inches wider than the traced line.
Step Four: Brainstorm a name for your new classroom mascot.
Step Five: Once the mascot is ready, have the students brainstorm ideas about what behaviours or actions, words or attitudes would make the classroom a ridicule-free, caring and respectful place.
Step Six: Have each student come up and write one of the words/phrases on the INSIDE of the classroom mascot.
Example – sharing, listening, waiting my turn, no put-downs, being included, smiling, being thanked, etc.
Step Seven: Brainstorm ways of behaving that would not be a part of this respectful, caring classroom.
Step Eight: Have each student come up and write one of the words/phrases on the OUTSIDE of the classroom mascot (outside the traced line).
Example – being ignored, people budging in line, being yelled at, a nasty look, not waiting your turn, being mean or saying mean things, being punched, etc.
Hang up the classroom mascot in a place where everyone can see it. Put up a stop-sign shaped poster that reads: Ridicule-Free Classroom. Teacher refers to the mascot every time he/she observes excellent behaviour that is caring, responsible, and respectful.