Emoticons are pretty important: Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker says they're an extremely useful linguistic evolution. The Oxford English Dictionary named "crying face" the word of the year. Humans collectively send 6 billion emoticons every day. But they don't teach emoticons in school, and some of them are actually hard to understand — at least for some of us.
Use these creative back-to-school rules posters as a way of getting your students to actually learn the expectations in your classroom! Each of the 12 posters include a class rule written in "text-speak" to grab your students' attention. Underneath each of the rules is a "Teacher Translation" that explains the rule in proper English.