Our school is a PBS school which stands for positive behavior support. We have 4 rules as a school that I incorporate into my classroom. They are be responsible, be safe, be respectful and be kind. These 4 rules encompass a lot, but the kids know from grade to grade what is expected of them as every classroom has the same rules.
* Sit in a learning position unless you have permission to be up
* Raise your have to speak and wait to be called on
* Be respectful of your classmates and materials
* Listen carefully and follow directions the first time they are given
* Walk in a safe silent straight line
**** I just wanted to add that I do brainstorm a list with the class and write down everything they say and we discuss them. Then I write these down and we talk about how it is a nicer way to say don't run, don't hit and so on that they come up with.****
Last edited by hopealope; 07-24-2009 at 03:27 PM..
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I think this year I'm going to spend the first week discussing goals for the year, and move into creating a rule list as a group that are needed to accomplish those goals. (lots of teacher-directed, but all student created rules)
I follow the same procedure as ritabook2. Brainstorm rules, guide them to narrow rules down to:
Just about everything is covered by these three words. We also write them on a large piece of tagboard, decorate, and sign.
Work=doing what you are supposed to be doing, their job is being a learner, trying new things, sharing knowledge with others
Respect=being kind, doing the right thing, respecting classroom equipment, do unto others...
Belong=behaving in a manner that supports the success of the classroom community
PYP IB school, so it is an expectation that we write our rules with our students the first day or two. It usually leads back to respect - in all forms, but it's great to see the things they come up with and how it really bonds them together the first few days.
I use the class promise created by Debbie Miller, along with her "I" messages about how to handle conflict. Like the other posters, we brainstorm as a class what will make our class run smoothly, then I "magically" take all of their ideas and write this promise while they are at special. It goes on our bulletin board with their self-portraits and the I message posters.
Scroll down thread to bottom for sample. http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=93816
Last year I had took pictures of my class showing what not to do and then what to do....we pretended to run in the class or not walk in line then showed walking in a line, etc. I made a poster with the rule written under it. They loved it. I was sure to have the student who blurted be the one in the picture that said "We raise our hand".
I use the Love and Logic rule: Feel free to do anything that does not cause a problem. We talk extensively the first week about what a "problem" is, including problems for the teacher and problems for other classmates. When someone is disruptive or not doing the right thing, I say, "Uh oh. That's a problem. I'll see you at recess." The first few weeks, I have to see a lot of people at recess, but after that, there are usually only a couple each week (unfortunately, usually the same kiddos!) that I have to consult with.
But they also use ""The rule above all rules"---RESPECT EVERYONE. My poster for that...is above the other posters. I love the actions... and my kids were always reminding each other to KEEP the DEAR TEACHER HAPPY! lol lol
I once subbed in a room where students were expected to behave "Above the Line." The rules poster had a horizontal line dividing it, and on the top were examples of "above the line" behavior, and on the bottom were unacceptable, "below the line" behaviors. There was also a horizontal line on the edge of the board where students' names were placed either "above the line" or below, depending on how they were behaving. It seemed to work pretty well.