At the beginning of their school year, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Kula Ha‘aha‘a (elementary school) students were given a very important task to categorize and consolidate their classroom rules into common themes.
“For the first eight days of school, students worked with their teachers in creating classroom rules,” said Marcie Saquing, kula ha‘aha‘a student activities coordinator, who shared this story in the school’s “E Ola Nō” newsletter.
Each class selected two delegates from the second through fifth grade to participate.
After the rules were submitted, student delegates came together to talk and decide how all 51 classroom rules could fit together.
Next, the delegates offered manaʻo justifying why the rules were put into the four specific groups.
The delegates were then tasked with composing a rule for each group, using no more than a sentence or two, thus creating only four schoolwide rules and expectations.
“Over a two-hour period, students worked together, negotiated, voted, shared manaʻo, questioned each other and took the kuleana very seriously,” shared Saquing.
“We were so very proud of them.”
The four rules and expectations are as follows:
Then at morning oli, the schoolwide rules and expectations were unveiled to the entire elementary school.
Students, faculty and staff took a pledge to “live” and follow their shared rules and expectations.
The process and final list of rules and expectations were shared with ‘ohana at a school Open House later that evening.