classroom rules

Discussion in 'First Grade' started by amersk, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. amersk

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    Does anyone have a good list (not too long) of rules to post in a first grade classroom. What language should be used? What are the big idead first grade needs to remember? What rules do first graders have a hard time following that should be posted? Any help :)
     
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  3. PreK3

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    I've always been told tell children "what to do" rather than "what not to do".
     
  4. snickydog

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    I keep it simple:
    Be Respectful
    Be Responsible
    Do Your Best

    We discuss what each means and I define for them respectful and responsible.

    We brainstorm a list of to dos and not to dos that fall under each category (sharing crayons is being respectful, but talking while someone else is talking is not respectful). I have yet to come up with something not to do that doesn't fall in those categories.
     
  5. CFClassroom

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    I used only three rules this year and it made for the best year ever.

    #1 Be safe
    #2 Be honest
    #3 Keep your teachers happy

    I had read about it online and it was perfect because #3 covers EVERYTHING!
     
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    be safe
    be respectful
    be ready to learn

    those are the three that I used in the past and it's worked well.
     
  7. ms. yi

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    I pretty much have the same rules as everyone here but it's worded a little differently. I tried to make it relatable to the little ones. Mine are: Be a good friend, be a good student and be safe.

    On the first day of school, I have the students brainstorm rules that they think are important and most of them usually fall under my categories. I then tell them that I agree with their ideas but that we need an easier way to remember them. That's when I introduce my rules.

    On the second day, I distribute strips of paper with behaviors written on them.

    Example: I wait for my turn to get a drink of water.

    Each child gets one and when it's their turn we read it together and place it under one of my 3 categories. I also include inappropriate behaviors and we have a different section for that. These can be pretty funny like: I yell really loudly when I want my teacher's attention.

    The most important thing is that you don't want to bog down your students with a long list of rules to remember. Keep them short and broad enough to cover a whole host of behaviors.
     

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