Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Queen for the Year

One of my 7th grade students loaned me a crown shortly after the Christmas break. I'm supposed to wear it for the rest of this school year. You see, I've been proclaimed the queen of our class by my students. I've promised to be the best teacher I can be and to take their needs and interests to heart. I had to kneel down to take this oath.

Shortly thereafter, my students decided that they would like to wear the crown on their birthdays.Then, one student put forth a motion about what they named "Crown Day" and the rest of the class took turns amending the motion. Several revisions and lots of conversations later, my class drafted and voted on our first class law. This process took place during our social studies class and in between a fire drill.

It was a great experience in parliamentary procedure.
Here's our class resolution.


Crown Day!
On people’s birthdays they will be allowed to wear the crown during class time. If their 
birthdays are during a holiday, then Mrs. Elisa, our class monarch, must decide whether they
 get to wear the crown on the first day back from break or on the last day of school before
 break. Also, if your birthday takes place during summer, then you may celebrate it with the
 crown during class on a day of your choice, but you only have one day. In addition, if you’re
 sick on your birthday you may have the crown the day you get back. If two people are
 supposed to have the crown on the same day, then those two people must decide who gets the
 crown that day; the other person will get it the next day. Last, if you lose the crown, you must
 repay the owner of the crown five dollars. If you damage it, you must pay for fixing the
 damage.
-                 Signed by the student who proposed the motion.
             Approved on Thursday, January 08, 2015


I am really hoping that someone else chooses to put forth a motion, soon.
Democracy in action.
That's what it's all about.

Cross posted to Two Writing Teachers, A Slice of Life


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