Basic Classroom Rules!

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  1. MsJen

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    Hello All!

    I was just wondering what were some of your basic classroom rules that you had in your classrooms?? Do you post them in the classroom or simply discuss them with your students? What are some of your rules?

    Thanks in advance for sharing. I am looking for ideas!

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  3. Andrea L

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    We are required to have our rules posted at our school. My rules are:
    1. Work Quietly: Do not disturb others who are working.
    2. Follow directions the first time they’re given.
    3. Raise your hand, and wait to be called on before speaking.
    4. Respect your classmates. Treat them with kindness in your words and actions.
    5. Keep your hands, feet, and any objects to yourself.
     
  4. peggy27

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    We follow directions the first time given
    We keep hands,feet, and objects to ourself
    We are active listeners
    We are quiet movers.

    I post them along with the consequences and rewards. I have them pull cards also.
    We will go over them again and again and talk about what they look like and sound like. And I'll post that too.
     
  5. Jem

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    We're going to use the Tribes agreements this year. I'm going to have them posted on a board in our morning meeting area, but we're going to make posters about them so they become meaningful to the students.

    No put-downs
    Active listening
    Respect
    Right to pass (as long as it's used wisely)
     
  6. giraffe326

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    Be resonsible
    Show good manners/be respectful
    Listen and follow directions the first time given (which is being responsible but this one is EXTRA important- I had to add it midyear last year)
    Stay Safe
     
  7. GoldenPoppy

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    My basic rule:

    Students may only behave in ways that allow themselves and others to learn; they may only behave in ways that allow Mrs. W to teach.

    Every classroom situation can have that rule applied to it.
     
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    I have a couple mentioned here posted in my classroom. But my number one rule is Never hurt anyone on the inside or outside.
     
  9. Lindzee82

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    1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    2. Keep hands, feed, and objects to yourself.
    3. Use indoor voices and walking feet.
    4. Be respectful.
    5. Try your best.
     
  10. Ilovefirst

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    As I've said before, we use Responsive Classroom. This is what all of are to use to develop our classroom rules. Hope it helps!

    http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/pdf_files/rules/8910ch01.pdf

    Typically, my students and I come up with:
    1. Hands and feet to self
    2. Move safely
    3. Be respectful of others and our materials
    4. TRY YOUR BEST
     
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    1. Follow directions.
    2. Be kind and respectful.
    3. Work quietly.
    4. Do your best!
     
  12. teach_each1

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    Our district uses BIST so I just use the three from there and then add one (it's imbedded in the rules but some kids need it out and in front)

    I can be productive and follow directions, even if I don't want to.

    I can take care of myself, even if I'm mad.

    I can be okay, even if others are not okay.

    I can be where an adult tells me to be, even if I don't want to. (mine)
     
  13. Miss W

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    I've normally let my students create the rules. It's been one of my first day of school activities. We would brainstorm ideas on the board. Then we would combine ones that were similar. Next, we narrowed the rules down to 7 (7 or less is really best according to researchers). After we narrowed the rules down, we would rewrite them into positive statements.

    This year I found a Dr. Seuss rules banner that I'm going to try. My classroom theme is Dr. Seuss, so I decided to give it a try.
    The rules include:
    Raise Your Hand
    Be a Friend
    Walk Don't Run
    Listen
    Share
    Help Clean Up
     
  14. karebear76

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    I use the 3 Rs:

    Be Respectful.
    Be Responsible.
    Be Reliable.

    So far I've been able to tie any situation to at least one of the 3Rs.
     
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    Our entire school, K-5 use the same rules. The students learn the rules in K and they already know the rules throughout 5th.

    1.Only walk and talk with permission.
    2.Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.
    3.Avoid behaviors that are safe and/or disruptive to others.
    4.Follow directions the first time given.

    We also have a school pledge that we say everyday.

    At all times I will try my best to be responsible, respectful....

    My class also say a brief pledge every morning.

    I am an important person in this first grade class. I will always put forth my best effort, my best attitude....
     
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    This made me remember that my school has a behavior code:

    Be Safe
    Be Respectful
    Be Responsible

    The teachers all have shirts that say this and we wear them on Fridays. We also have laminated bright yellow posters throughout the school and in the classrooms stating these three rules. We have rubrics for different school situations (lunch, recess, late bus) that are broken up into the three categories, as well.
     
  17. queenie

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    This is from my class website (and they are posted in the room):

    We have three basic Rules that help keep us safe and make our classroom a great place to learn:

    Be Respectful
    Don't talk when someone else is talking; Raise your hand to talk; Keep hands and feet to yourself; Don't damage property; Get permission to touch anything that doesn't belong to you

    Be Responsible Come to class prepared with your agenda, your supplies, and your completed work; Own up to your mistakes without placing blame on others

    Be Resourceful Don't waste materials or supplies; Don't waste time by making noises, getting out of your seat repeatedly, or interrupting the teacher
     
  18. MsJen

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    Thank You all for sharing...I'm getting some great ideas...especially with having students come up with the rules with me at the beginning of the school year.
     
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    Be Prepared
    Be On Time
    Be Respectful
    Be Positive
    Be Curious
    Be Industrious

    I also have a non-discrimination policy that states "We do not discriminate based on..." then I list pretty much anything you can think of that kids might discriminate against... Race, gender, sexuality, weight, quirkiness, fashion sense, disability, age, intelligence.... It goes on even longer than that. Then I have all the kids sign it.
     
  20. msmath

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    I have 5 rules and they are posted on a wall. We refer to them a lot in the beginning of the year, and whenever needed during the rest of the year. I also have my consequences posted.

    1. Respect yourself, your peers, school property, and your teacher.
    2. 5 P's: Be Punctual, Be Prepared, Be Polite, Be Productive, Take Pride in all you do.
    3. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    4. Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking.
    5. All school rules must be followed (ex uniforms, no cell phones).


    CONSEQUENCES

    If you CHOOSE to break a rule…

    Name = Warning
    1 check = 15 minute lunch detention and phone call home
    2 checks = 30 minute after school detention
    (FRIDAYS ONLY!) and phone call home
    3 checks = Conference with dean/ Referral and phone call home
     
  21. Calalilys

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    Be Responsible
    Be Respectful
    Be a Risk-Taker
    Be Resourceful
     
  22. Praccy

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    Generating classroom rules

    I just completed my first 5 week prac at a high school (so I am far from being an expert in these matters!)...but I observed two useful tips when it came to implementing classroom rules and expectations....

    Firstly, in three out of the four classes I was teaching, the teacher had developed classroom rules with the cooperation and input of the students. Obviously there would have been certain rules that were uncompromisible, but I liked the idea of the students having a sense of ownership over the classroom and their behaviour. I also think that having the students help generate certain classroom codes of behaviour, it means that they are more likely to understand why they are to act in a certain way as they have discussed as a class how they would like to be treated (and therefore how they should treat others). I will take this into my own classrooms next year, because I would rather my students understand the why behind the rules rather than just being told they are supposed to act in a certain way.

    Secondly, I noticed that the rules or expectations were clearly posted around the classroom, and numbered. So, for example, when the teacher give an instruction he would issue his instructions making reference to the relevant guideline. I.e. When it came to students sharing their ideas with their peers, he would remind the class by pointing to Rule #7 and asking someone to read it out. (Rule #7 - show respect to one another / no speaking while someone else is speaking)
     
  23. Teacher Chele

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    I have one rule -
    B.E.A.R. - Be Encouraging and Responsible
    The kids understand the responsible part, but we have to talk about things that are and are not encouraging to our friends and myself. We talk about how everything falls under this rule. I give some scenarios like name calling or talking about people and we talk about how that is not encouraging. When a child does something, I ask them if that was part of BEAR and (usually) that takes care of it.

    The parents and kids look at me kind of funny when I say that I only have 1 rule:eek:, but once the understand it, it works beautifully. You could even make up another phrase like this for your own classroom.

    I also tell them that we have a class motto: You can do anything you want in my class as long as it doesn't bother anyone else including the teacher. (from Love and Logic)
     
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    Respect yourself!
    Respect others!
    Respect your school!
     
  25. Ima Teacher

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    We use instructional discipline, and we focus on 5 school-wide guidelines for success.

    ~Guidelines for Success~

    Respect yourself and others
    Be Responsible
    Do your best
    Set Positive goals
    Search for good choices

    These are visible in the classroom and common areas.
     
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    I really like these. If a teacher wanted to, they could have those three basic rules and have the students brainstorm what each rule means and includes (like what you did).
     

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