These are my rules
1. Raise your hand to ask a question.
2. Ask to go to the restroom.
3. Sharpen pencils and get drinks one at a time, no lines, only when
I am not talking.
4. Put your name on your paper.
5. Walk in the room and in the hall. No horsing around.
6. Treat everyone with respect.
We start with hopes and dreams for the year. Then we list all the rules we would have to follow to make sure all the hopes and dreams could come true. I always get the usual -- no pushing, no fighting, no yelling, no breaking things....
The next day I help the class pare down the list to 3 clear positives. This year we have:
Be nice to everyone.
Listen and do your work.
Take care of everything at school.
and we added a 4th:
Have fun and learn a lot!
I tell them if you follow the other 3 (which fit every scenario) you will be able to follow the 4th!
Every year the rules are slightly different because the kids help craft the words, but they always include a rule each for taking care of yourself, others and the environment.
I will follow directins the first time given.
I will raise my hand before speaking.
I will keep my hands, feet and objects to my self.
I will be kind and respectfull to others.
I will use my inside voice when speaking.
(this one is not written but we know it, it's a rule.)
I will be responsible for my actions.
I use a varied version of the Whole Brain Teaching classroom rules and I'd like to change it slightly this year but I need some help! Here is what I've used in the past:
1. Listen when the teacher is talking
2. Follow directions quickly
3. Raise a quiet hand when you want to speak
4. Keep hands and feet to yourself
5. Be safe. Be honest. Be helpful.
I'm moving from K to First and I feel like rules #4 and #5 need some sprucing up. I'd like #4 to be something more all encompassing about being safe, or using your body to be safe and your works to be kind or something along those lines. Can't figure out how to word what I want to say!?
And rule #5 is just too much. I feel like being helpful and honest are things that will fall under the 7 Habits that we teach more than actual rules so I'm thinking of changing it to the one I saw in the video of the WBT K teacher: Respect yourself, respect others, respect your school. But then 'respect others' kind of cover keeping your body to yourself and stuff...right???
I like your rules. I teach first grade and I love WBT in my class. I review the rules with my students daily and that truly helps. I love when I can just raise a finger for the rule a student might need to work on without having to even say a thing. My rules are tweaked, too. This is what my rules are:
1. Remember to listen and follow directions quickly.
2. Raise my hand for permission to speak.
3. Respect my classmates by treating them kindly.
4. Respect myself by making wise choices.
5. Have fun!
We do actions with each rule similar to what WBT does. It makes saying the rules a bit more fun. I know rule 5 may seem strange but I tell them that when we keep all the other rules then we can have so much fun at school. I guess I just didn't buy into the "keep your dear teacher happy" rule of WBT. I wanted a reward for my students built into the rules.
I changed my rules this year to cover everything with 3 things (I didn't come up the idea - I read it):
1. Be responsible.
2. Be respectful.
3. Be safe.
Seriously, I couldn't think of anything that didn't fit under there. Respectful covers keeping your hands to yourself, not blurting, etc... Responsible covers staying on-task, following directions, etc... Be safe covers swinging on the bathroom doors (yes, happens every year), running in the hall, etc...
This is the first year we tried it, so we'll see how it works.