Middle School Rules

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  1. myangel52

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    I can't seem to sleep tonight (as you can see by the time stamp), but I had an idea for classroom rules, but it needs some work. I will be teaching middle school math (6th grade) this fall, and it is my first classroom. I had an idea to use the word "RESPECT" as an acrostic for my rules. "R" would stand for something, "E" would also , and so on. I can only come up with a few, and they all seem to focused on the same thing right now.

    R- respond appropriately
    E - expect nothing but the best
    S- Study!
    P- perform your best, always
    E- expect to be treated as you treat others
    C - communicate
    T- take responsibility for your actions
     
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  3. shasha379

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    I really like the poem. I wanted to create an acrostic with respect last year, but I thought the one I created sounded corny. Do you mind if I "borrow" yours?
     
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    Maybe the C would be Come prepared to learn (i.e. have homework, pens, paper, good attitude) Looks great!
     
  5. myangel52

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    That is a much better C.... :) Thanks!

    Please, "borrow" away! I don't mind at all. That's one of the reasons for the forums, to get ideas... I am flattered you would like to try one of mine. :eek:
     
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    I LOVE THIS! Can I also "steal" ? :)
     
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    I LOVE this! May I also steal? It is a great and creative way to get the kids to read the rules.
     
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    They're certainly easier to remember when they're arranged that way. When we redid our "rules" several years ago, we tried lots of different approaches and ended up with "guidelines for success" instead of rules. I've yet to find a single infraction that didn't violate at least one of the guidelines.

    1. Respect yourself and others.
    2. Be responsible.
    3. Do your best.
    4. Set positive goals.
    5. Search for good choices.

    I just wish they were easier to remember!
     
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    These are our rules...but I love the idea of an acrostic
     
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    1. Be on time; Be Prepared

    2. Respect yourself, others, and school

    property

    3. Be on task

    4. Follow Directions

    5. Be cooperative
    oops...forgot to post them!! LOL!
     
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    I also love your acrostic. However, some of them are not enforceable rules - they aren't concrete enough. However, I think this should be your class pledge or motto.
     
  12. myangel52

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    Actually, I didn't come out and say it, but I posted these b/c I really need help with them. I recognize the need for concrete rules, that I can enforce, and these were only a first draft. I have done a teeny bit of change, but ANY input for the rules is appreciated.
    Here's what I now have:
    R- Respond in an appropriate manner (to all people)
    E- Excellence only! (Thanks Paperheart!) (I will explain, of course)
    S- Stay in your seat, unless given permission
    P- Pay attention (or pay the price -- your grades!) :)
    E- Encourage, never discourage, others
    C- Come prepared to learn (materials, on time, attitude)
    T- Take responsibility for your actions

    I can't figure out how to phrase other rules to fit in this. :( I really liked this idea, but I need help making it work.
     
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    I have an excellence only rule. This translates to absolutely no messy work, excuses, or poor job on work. I spend a lot of time enforcing this one and they do get consquences when this one is not followed. Of couse, it is not as clear-cut as some other rules and requires a lot of individual student feedback.
     
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    Hum, I am new to this. This will be my first year. However, I did something similar, and never could get it to work out "acrostically". So, I think I will adapt what you have and use it for my class. I thought your ideas were great. Here is what I added, and what I think I will use:

    R-Respond in an appropriate manner (to all people)
    E-Excellence only!
    S-Stay seated unless you have permission to roam
    P-Participation is a plus!!
    E-Exit the room once I have dismissed class
    C-Come prepared to learn (materials, on time, attitude)
    T-Talk when the time is right and at the proper volume

    :) Teresa
     
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    This has been super helpful to me!

    R - Remain silent when I am talking

    E- Enter quietly and take your seat

    S - Stay seated unless you have permission to roam

    P - Pay attention

    E - Exit the classroom upon dismissal by your benevolent dictator (me)

    C - Come prepared

    T - Talk when given permission at an acceptable noise level

    I don't like the wording of my T - can anyone help???

    Thanks for the idea!

    Chrissy
     
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    These are great folks. I know a few high school classrooms that could use these as well. With permission, I may pass these on to a friend of mine.

    Ed
     
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    I, myself am a high school teacher and found this to be the best thing I have seen. Good going new teacher!!!
     
  18. Ellensmom

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    I really like your acrostic. I teach in a private school and we are ALL about respect. I also would like to use this. I see by the posting date this was last school year. So, now that you used it--how did it work? (I saw your final tweaked version). I may share this with our principal and maybe we can make it a school wide plan.
    Thanks for the idea.
     
  19. Ellensmom

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    duh- wrong date

    :eek: I must be really tired. I mis-took your join date for the posting date. I guess you haven't had a chance to use it yet- :sorry:
     
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    OOOOOOOOO

    The acrostics are getting better and better. I am thinking about using this, but, any ideas as to where to fit in "Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself"? That is a biggie in middle school.
     
  21. Ellensmom

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    personal space

    Perhaps you could use the 'P' for "personal space should be observed" then explain the whole hands to self, etc. I agree that is a BIG problem with middle school.
     

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