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Social Emotional Learning Skills


What is a Charter?


A Classroom Charter is a promise that teachers and students create together for how they want to feel in the classroom, what actions will promote those feelings, and agreed upon actions for how to prevent and mange conflict. 

Mr. Kunkel's Class Charter

We, the students and teachers in Mr. Kunkel's class wish to feel proud, respected, safe, welcome and relaxed. 

In order to feel safe, we will stand up for each other (having each other's backs), making sure we all feel equal to one another. 

To feel welcome, we will greet each other every morning with a smile and welcome new kids.

To fgeel respected, we will show we are listening by being quiet and having our attention on the speaker. We will also listen to ALL ideas.

To help us feel proud, we will give compliments to other when they do well and we give words of encouragement. 

We will feel relaxed by having still bodies and quiet mouths and listening to instruction. Finally, we will make our bodies comfortable when appropriate. 

We understand that things don't always run smoothly.

When there are behaviors or feelings that are unwanted, we will check in with each other and rely on each other for help first. If that doesn't work, we will let the teacher know. If someone is angry they will work on staying calm and we will give them space. f there is a continued problem, Mr. Kunkel will hand them a yellow slip. On Wednesdays, if we have done a good job following our charter, we will have earned some extra time.

Families can create Charters too!

Creating a Family Charter with your children communicates to them that all feelings at O.K., that everyone deserves to be heard, and that it is everyone in your family’s responsibility to create the kind of family that you all feel good about.

How to create a Family Charter

Three questions will guide your charter:

  1. How do we want to feel in our family?
  2. What can we each do in order to have these feelings more often?
  3. How will we handle uncomfortable feelings and conflicts when they arise?

Use this Family Charter Template to guide you.

Step 1: Brainstorm Feelings 

Everyone quietly thinks to themselves about how they want to feel in your family.

Discuss and use post-its to jot down the feeling words that are important to all of you.

Choose your top 4-7 feeling words to put on your charter.

Step 2: Actions That Support These Feelings

Choose one feeling word at a time and discuss actions that will support each of these feelings.

Calm = we will use quiet voices in the morning
Heard = make eye contact and pause to listen to each other

Record 2-3 actions to go with each feeling.

Step 3: Handling Uncomfortable Feelings & Conflicts

Take a minute and think about a conflict that may come up in your family.

What will you do when this happens?

Example: if someone is in a bad mood, give them space or let them take a moment for themselves.

Come up with one action to go with each conflict or feeling. 


Congratulations on creating a Family Charter! Consider where you might post it in your home. Make it a living document and review it from time to time to see how well it’s carried out and if it needs revision.

Watch: 2 min Seattle Schools Family Charter Night Video