Need help with wording, please!

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  1. pwhatley

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    I'm working on my classroom rules and discipline plan, and I've come up with what I think are good rules. I just need to word them in a better (shorter?) way. I'm making a rubric form on which I have all of the rules and I'll note any offenses and show how the weekly conduct grade (required) was earned. Here are the rules I want to convey:

    School/Parish rules:
    No gum/food/drinks (other than teacher allowed)
    No toys / cell phones / electronic devices in evidence
    Must be in full uniform, shirt tucked in, no sagging

    Classroom rules:
    • Be prepared for class (ready to learn, homework done, T.I.G.E.R.! binder in good order)
    • Be respectful: be polite to the teacher, raise your hand to speak or get out of your seat, use good manners, control your talking, cooperate and participate in class)
    • Be respectful of yourself and others (take turns, be nice to others, no bullying, no horseplay)
    • Be respectful of property (school, teacher, that of peers, or student's own property)

    I'm really interested in simplifying my classroom rules, since the school/parish rules are out of my hands. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    I agree that the rules seem too wordy for 1st grade.

    How about just teaching them what respect means by having a whole group lesson about the word then having them work in small groups to come up with good rules that would reinforce respect. Groups could present their results and theyentire class could then decide which rules should become their official classroom rules.
    Maybe end up with one rule for each letter of the word respect.

    R-raise your hand to speak
    E-
    S-say please and thank you
    P-play fair
    E-
    C-clean up after yourself
    T-take turns

    (E is hard!)
     
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    For kinder I like to stick to 1 rule! Something like, "Do the right thing" applies to all situations! What about simply, "Be respectful." You can even encompass preparedness with this...being respectful towards the teacher means to be prepared for class.
     
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    I discovered today that my new school has school-wide classroom rules. They are:

    1. Raise your hand before speaking.
    2. Follow directions when given the first time.
    3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
    4. Stay in your seat while the teacher is teaching.
    5. Be the best you can be at all times.


    In addition, we have a mission statement:
    All students at *** Elementary School will achieve academic success in a safe and caring learning environment.

    Since those two items are taken care of FOR me, I think I will work on a class pledge. Any ideas???
     
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    Never heard of a class pledge! We have a violence pledge...part of our county wide respect and protect program. Please share what you come up with!:)
     
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    Aug 5, 2009

    magic method

    Talking about discipline, you might want to read the book: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (123 Magic) (Paperback)
    by Thomas W. Phelan PhD (Author).
    Try it. It works like magic when incorporated in the classroom!!:)
     
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    I already have - and it confirmed what my mom and I have done as parents for years, lol!
     
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    My kids' school has a short version -
    take care of yourself
    take care of your school
    take care of each other
     
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    Well, it turns out there is a school-wide pledge as well! I don't currently have a copy, but I'll let you know when I get one!
     
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    I had a class pledge. We actually made it together. And we said it everyday right after the morning announcements. It did get kind of crazy because we had the Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas pledge, the school pledge, and our class pledge. But they loved it and would definitely let me know if I was going to skip over it. It became a class helper job - to lead the pledge (since I would always forget).
     
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    I'm considering these this year for 2nd grade: (big words, but we'll talk about them and what it looks like to be each)

    Be Respectful
    Be Responsible
    Be Resourceful

    I may use a BEE theme :) bzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     

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