Rules give much-needed boundaries to our students and set clear expectations.
And our classroom will be a kinder, safer, more peaceful community when we set these clear expectations.
But too many rules are overwhelming and hard to remember.
If we want to set super clear expectations for students, then our list of rules has to be short, easy to remember, and easy to follow.
These two classroom rules are appropriate for our Preschool Classrooms, K-5 classrooms, middle school classrooms and high school classrooms.
So to cover all things, we only need two rules:
- Be Kind
- Follow Directions the First Time
The Be Kind Rule covers everything that involves how they interact with their friends, their classmates, and the adults in our school.
If we want to teach compassionate students and ensure a positive classroom environment so everyone feels safe to learn, and is anti-bullying, we have to make kindness a classroom rule.
We also need our students to follow directions and be first-time listeners.
First Time Listening is the act of hearing me say something and listening the first time–before I have to say it again.
It applies to everything from lining up, to turning to the right page, or partnering up to collaborate.
These are the rules that keep them safe and make them easier to teach because I don’t have to spend as much time repeating myself.
How to Use the Classroom Rules posters:
Purchase and download the posters
Choose the version you want in your classroom and print the poster on 11 x 17 paper.
Hang up the poster in your classroom and talk about the rules with your students.
Remind the students of your classroom rules often, especially when they leave your classroom.