My aim for Room 10 was to create a set of guidelines for our class Treaty. This will help my class feel safe in a friendly, supportive and a comfortable learning environment.
Our learning intentions were linked to the Social Sciences Curriculum, to understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups, and to understand how belonging to groups is important to people.
One of the motivations was reading a book called the “The Tree Hut Treaty” by Wiremu Grace and Bruce Potter. This story is about four children who decide to create a treaty outlining the use of their tree hut. It introduces the concepts behind the Treaty of Waitangi, conflict and resolution and how children can problem-solve issues.
One of the activities that my class and Room 11 participated in was using cardboard to slide down our slopes in the school grounds. This provided an opportunity for students to engage in working together and cooperating. As a teacher, this activity provided opportunities to discuss and solve problems that arose during the activity. It also allowed us to help students to use the correct vocabulary to explain what happened which will help students to verbalise problems in the future.
Room 10 and 11 brainstormed the things we needed in our classroom to make it a place we wanted to learn in. Over a couple of days, we revisited our rules and refined them and when we were all happy that they were the rules that would make us feel safe, and provide us with a supportive and comfortable learning environment we put them into a treaty.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Treaty of Waitangi, conflict and resolution, problem-solving, language acquisition, integration.
Wiremu Grace and Bruce Potter “The Tree Hut Treaty”