Student-Teacher Contract Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Developing a contract with students can be a respectful and productive behavior management strategy. This lesson offers you a template for how such a contract might work.

Why a Student-Teacher Contract?

Sometimes, student behaviors and attitudes do not change in response to typical classroom management strategies. Perhaps a student does not understand what you are asking of them, or maybe there are other things going on in his life that prevent him from responding to traditional disciplinary strategies. For teachers, this can be extremely frustrating. One way to address this is by creating a contract with the student in question. Student-teacher contracts are beneficial for many reasons, including:

  • They help you develop personal relationships with students, showing them that you see them as individuals and are willing to take the time to focus on their needs.
  • They teach students about contracts and professionalism, cultivating a sense of seriousness and maturity around what happens in the classroom.
  • They provide a venue for documenting the interventions you are trying with students, so that you can look back to the contract when challenges arise.
  • They can be a useful way to involve families in a behavior modification plan.

Though contracts will look different depending on the age of the student and the specific behaviors you are hoping to address, this lesson provides a general template for how you will develop the contract. It is important to read the contract together with the student and make sure he or she understands all of its stipulations prior to signing it.

Contract Template

Now let's take a look at a student-teacher contract template.

State the Purpose

The first thing you should do in a student-teacher contract is explicate the purpose for the contract in one or two sentences. Examples of a statement of purpose might include:

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