How many of you can't develop your own classroom rules?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    Our school uses Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. It's not so bad - afterall, every infraction fits in there somewhere - but it would be nice to develop my own. I guess I don't like being told what to do :rolleyes:
     
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  3. CiniMini

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    Yeah we did that too this year. Kinda stinks. I've always done a Classroom Mission Statement where the kids write it and sign it. I miss that.
     
  4. JaimeMarie

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    We can write our own.
     
  5. Harper

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    We must use the school rules.
    I skirt that by developing a list of classroom norms - how we DO the rules in my class or what they LOOK like in my room. Principal seems ok with it.

    BTW - DD's school has the same rules as yours :)
     
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    Top down rules. Bummer.

    We do our own, starting with the students' hopes and dreams for the school year, followed by what rules we need to make their goals happen. Responsive Classroom.
     
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    We do Baldrige, so we have to post the two principles (I am responsible for my own learning, I am response-ABLE to the success of the class). I don't mind, though, because between making a class mission, vision, purpose, and quality student, the students have a lot of say in what the "rules" for the classroom will be.
     
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    We have school "guidelines for success" that everybody uses. Even with that, I still have some "rules" posted in my room. They're specific to my classroom.
     
  9. pwhatley

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    We have five mandated school-wide rules:
    1. Raise your hand before speaking.
    2. Follow directions when given the first time.
    3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
    4. Remain seated when the teacher is teaching.
    5. Be the best you can be at all times!

    They aren't perfect, but the kids have no problem learning and remembering them (most of the time). They recite them every morning. Can you tell our P is retired military?? LOL Actually, I tell the kids that, in addition to the school rules, I have one more to add, and I got it from WBT: "Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy." Any infraction breaks that rule! LOL
     
  10. Bumble

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    We couldn't create our own rules last year. I actually LIKE school-wide rules. If I'm out and my class has to be split up, then they will know how to act in another class. I think it is too confusing to have so many different sets of rules in a school. Plus, it creates a positive community when the expectations are the same.
     
  11. TiffanyL

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    Oh, yes, you might want to do a Look, See, Feel, Hear chart. That may help you to accomplish your need for more specific rules.

    This chart requires a large piece of chart paper. Use a marker to divide the paper into fourths. One fourth is titled "Look", one is titled "See", one is titled "Hear" and one is titled "Feel". I typically draw big googly eyes for "look" and a big ear for "hear", a big heart for "feel", etc.

    Then, you lead a discussion with your class on what it "looks like" to be safe, respectful and responsible. You chart those ideas one day and then you lead another discussion (maybe the next day depending on the ages) on what you would see if the class was being respectful, safe and responsible. Etc., Etc., Etc.,

    It is a great way to help kids envision and concept as well as state what type of words you would hear, what type of feelings that atmosphere would foster, etc.

    Then, when someone misbehaves, you could say, "We agreed as a class that being safe, responsible, and respectful would mean that there was no running inside."
     
  12. midwestteacher

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    We had a principal a few years ago that was a total control freak. The day before school started, she wanted copies of all our class rules, handouts, etc for the first day and then proceeded to correct and change everyones. Of course, by that time we had already made all our copies.
    It was little, nitpicking stuff that she was wanting to change - "I don't like the way this is worded and think you should change it."
     
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    The school officially adopted those three rules this year, and I decided to change my classroom rules to follow along. It was my choosing, though, I was not told to do so. I figured it would be nice to have the consistency, and like you said, any infraction can fit in somewhere.
     

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