Do a quick Google image search for “class rules” and “classroom chords” (or “essential chords,” as they`re called in the PYP) and see if you`re a little surprised. I am new to inquiry learning and PYP. I only have it in Grade 4. But I seem to see too many teachers (maybe even myself!) giving empty words about the idea of the agreement, the idea that students actively participate in the construction of such agreements. In fact, if we creatively insert our students into making the agreements we want from our class. It`s hard for us to let go of control and guide students to make their decisions, not ours. I sometimes have the same thing with the survey. Yes, the survey is often structured and needs to be structured, but do we pretend to ask questions about what students are interested in, or do we only find less than obvious ways to get them where we have already decided they should be? These two topics have been of great concern to me when the school year starts where I am. In a PYP school, every class, every team, even the whole school, has an essential agreement that sets the tone for collaboration and teamwork. Otherwise, how would we know what the common norms and expectations are? There are endless ways to develop such agreements, and as this is the start of a new school year in Australia, all of our teams and classes have been working on theirs. I really like that you focus on the activities related to the agreement, and not just on the agreement itself. I think it`s as important to put the right context as the message itself…