Take a look at that work of art. The writing behind the art was developed by the entire 7th grade class. The art that represents it was created by a number of students who took it upon themselves to turn our ideas into something beautiful. Even though our school has taken on a different landscape, we are still holding this covenant up!
Here’s what the Class Covenant states:
We Well Respect:
- Appreciating yourself.
- Loving yourself.
- Being humble.
- Not comparing yourself to others.
- Having dignity.
- Being patient.
- Being kind and building each other up.
- No peer pressure.
- Making it comfortable.
- Not being judgy.
- Loving each other.
- Being good examples.
- Being neat.
- Being organized.
- Not being lazy.
- Having a reusable water bottle.
- Respecting others’ things.
Obviously this has taken on a much different role in the last couple months during distance learning. It’s easier to do some of these things and harder to do some others. Here are a two highlights that the students are thinking about:
- Loving yourself.
- Middle school is historically a difficult time for a lot of reasons, but one trademark is that it’s a time where humans struggle to be comfortable in their own skin. Seeing a constant reflection of our face during live classes may take a bit of getting used to, but it’s nearly impossible to do without also loving and appreciating ourselves. Being comfortable with how we look translates heavily into how attentive we are during class. We are continuing to strive towards loving ourselves no matter what.
- Respecting our Space.
- Since we are in new environments now, respecting our space has changed quite a bit. Many of us sleep and attend school in the same room. Taking care of our space is more important now than even to ensure that we can all work diligently in our places of work. I have been cleaning the apartment much more rigorously and regularly than I would have otherwise, and Lauren is happy about it.
The students have been incredibly gracious and loving so far. I am thankful that despite our distance, the students still recognize the importance of caring for themselves, each other, and their space.