I'm using a new process for generating essential agreements in my physical education classes this year. Student voice is a very powerful force in advocating for physical education's rightful place in a school's curriculum. So, as a starting point last week I asked my students the following question:
I set them off on a 'walk & talk' and had them come up with strong reasons why PE should be an important part of their school experience. I had yellow sticky notes ready to go and they were then asked to write their ideas down and post them around the driving question in the visual that you see above.
After collecting all of their ideas and looking through them, I was able to nail down several key ideas about why PE is important. I then used these key ideas to create the following visual. All ideas came from the students. In some cases I had to clarify what the student was trying to say and help them re-write their ideas to help it make better sense.
Should a student do something questionable that breaks one of the essential agreements, all that is needed to be done is send them over to the visual to reflect on their behavior. In most cases, they will immediately understand which essential agreement was broken and it is easy to have a discussion with them about it. A very non-intrusive and non-threatening student management approach that is done in a respectful way.