This is a teacher guide for operating a GenWe classroom. From the very beginning to the launch of the program, these resources will help teachers and students build the ideal learning environment to improve social competence. What is the GenWe Classroom? It is an elective course for middle and high school students designed to help them learn how to interact and cooperate and use technology responsibly. The class is managed by the students and teachers collaboratively. The structure of the class allows the students to make decisions based on evaluating the input from peers, near-peers, and adults. In order for normal social situations to occur, the students need to be allowed to manage themselves, including their learning. Ideally the GenWe Classroom will include a budget. Students will be responsible for planning the learning materials they will need for the semester.
Faculty members interested in pursuing group assignments can use this form to facilitate accountability between group members. Group members justify the contributions of team members, provide examples of teamwork, and appropriate team behaviors. Team members rate each other on a four point scale. I have worked with various faculty members at Palo Alto College to create this form, which is used when assessing the teamwork general education competency across the institution.