The fourth graders have been busy creating a classroom they can call their own, by designing and writing a classroom constitution. We started by interviewing each other to figure out what the ideal classroom would look like. We found out that the student’s main needs were: kind friends, comfortable spaces, good teachers, fun projects, learning choices, peers and teachers that listened and believed in each other. Once we discovered the needs, the students embarked upon turning the needs into sentences that would reflect the rights and responsibilities of the group. To do this we looked to the experts. We got some great advice from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison! In the end, the students worked together to synthesize the most important needs into rights, and then they paired each right with a corresponding responsibility for a total of five classroom rights and responsibilities. Although we could have ended there, we took it one step further. Each student was then challenged to design something that would represent the constitution and what it means to our classroom community. Of course we ended the process with a very official signing ceremony.