This is another good article that I use with students to create classroom norms. It is important for students to reflect on their educational histories so that they can focus on what helps their learning process and communicate their experiences with their teachers.
My students are always surprised by the teacher's rigid assessment schedule - a quiz on Monday and a test on Friday every week. This clip leads to a discussion on assessments and how they factor into classroom norms and climate.
Most students know of this iconic teen film so they enjoy watching the clip. I like showing it because it draws attention to the fact that not every student comes from the same town or culture. Teachers and classmates must be cognizant of differences and insecurities of all students, but especially new students. This clip leads to a discussion of how to treat new students. Many students will share stories about their own experiences being new somewhere.
My students had mixed reactions to this clip. Some students thought it was funny because the teacher was so naïve. Other students felt sorry for the new teacher because the kids seemed impossible to control. Either way, the clip led to a discussion of perception and expectations for both the teacher and the students. We talked about how we can come to a middle grown in which the students feel independent, but at the same time know they will be helped.
Any student can relate to this short clip. There are so many things to talk about in this clip, but I like to ask the students what they think is most disturbing about it. One student commented on the ridiculous length of time it takes the teacher to simply take attendance!