So, the class pledge goes like this:
I promise to be truthful.
I promise to be trustworthy.
I promise to use my active listening.
I promise to give NO put downs.
I promise to do my personal best today.
Along with the class pledge, we study 19 life skills. (Caring, common sense, cooperation, courage, curiosity, creativity, effort, flexibility, friendship, initiative, integrity, organization, patience, pride, problem solving, perseverance, resourcefulness, responsibility, sense of humor.). We start on the first day of school and we learn them one by one. We talk about real life ways to show these life skills. Then, as the year goes on, I use these words when managing the class. They begin to become more familiar with each of them and what each means and how to show it. These words fuel my classroom discipline, while at the same time help to develop kids with awesome character!
If you would like to start using the lifelong guidelines and life skills in your classroom, you can buy supplies from Books for Educators. Click the link below to go to their site. I have the life skills posters and the lifelong guidelines poster. I usually give the website to my parents too, if they want to order one of the magnets for their fridge. :)