-to walk quietly in the hall
Then, I helped them group the items, like learning, thinking, reading and writing went together, painting and art went together, etc. I told the kids that we needed to come up with a mission statement, so when someone asked us why we came to school, we could tell them. I asked, "Do you think you would remember to tell them all these different things?" They of course said "Yes." Haha, so I said, "Well I don't think I will remember all these things, so let's try to narrow it down a little bit."
On a new piece of paper, I drew a stick figure and asked the kids to think about our list as we went through each part of the stick figure. I pointed to the head and asked what we used our brain for. We listed thinking, learning, reading, and writing up there. We labeled our eyes for looking, our mouths for speaking, and our ears for listening.
I added a heart to our stick figure and asked, "What do we want our heart to do at school?" They said, "Beat." Obviously, they are just too smart! I asked what they wanted their heart to feel at school. They said: happy, love, happy to be with
friends, being nice, making new friends.
And we labeled our feet for walking and running and playing. Because I wanted to include leadership in our mission statement, I mentioned how they used their feet when they were the leader, to show everyone else what to do and where to go. So we added the word "lead" by our feet, too.
So finally, we went back up to the head, and I told the kids we needed to pick the most important word for each thing, so we wouldn't have too many words to remember. We picked "learn, listen, love, and lead." The alliteration makes me way too excited, but I swear they came to these words *mostly* on their own.
We go over our mission statement each morning during Morning Meeting. We point to our head and say "learn," ears and say "listen," heart and say "love," feet and say "lead." I also made this little visual aid (that coordinates with our college sports theme).
So, there you have it. Sorry this was kind of long and lacking in pictures. I forgot to take pictures of the lists we made at school. But if you've thought about writing a class mission statement, be brave! They can do it! I hope this helps :)