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.