Rules in School

Teachers using the Responsive Classroom approach teach children that rules are necessary because they help us make school a safe place where everyone can learn. Responsive Classroom teachers assume that children will need practice as they learn to abide by classroom rules, and they understand that children will make mistakes as they learn. Instead of focusing on punishing rule-breakers, they concentrate on helping children gradually assume more and more responsibility for their own behavior.
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Have students come up with the rules for the classroom an everyone puts their name on a star to make the flag!

Turn your class rules into an infographic.

Class promise by Cynthia Sime's 2nd grade class (via @responsiveclass and @Cynthia Sime)

A great way to help kiddos understand what the rules look & sound like, especially when the word respect is used!

This could be a great idea to place in the time-out space!

You can see all of the rituals, routines, & procedures in thus segment! Cooperative Learning - TIMED PAIR SHARE

Great way to display class rules, reminders, etc. Use student photos with speech bubbles

This app is a perfect tool / strategy for calming kiddos down. I enjoy dragging my finger through the water & watching the fish & dragonflies.

What do Peacemakers do?

Class Rule Display

Mind Jar. The goal is that when they are feeling out of control, they shake the jar, then sit and watch the glitter settle in the water. When the glitter settles, we finish our meditation. This one is a really great technique to use in lieu of timeout.

Great idea to calm a student. Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources @sostherapy.

Help children see the progress they've made while setting the tone for productive learning during the remainder of the year. (Photo © Jeff Woodward.)

The rules you made with your students at the beginning of the year will become less effective if you stop talking about them with the children (or if you only talk about them when a rule is broken). This blog post describes how a physical education teachers reviews rules before each new unit.

Great for teaching rules at the beginning of year.

Big Bad Wolves at School ISBN: 0689837992 Hilarious! This book is also a good one to go over classroom rules. (Bill Martin Jr honor book)

See how a third grade teacher guided her students through the rule-making process in a straightforward but powerful way. Each photo shows a different step in the process—from hopes and dreams to rule generation to consolidation to the final product. (Photos © Brittany Williams)

They wrote their hopes and dreams in balloons and attached a picture of themselves soaring with them.

A creative way to post the rules that shows the main idea, and then some ways to break it down, as created by students in a classroom in South Brunswick, NJ.

A fun way to display classroom rules oce they are created.

Chart to use when introducing logical consequences using Lily's Plastic Purple Purse by Kevin Henkes. Chart helps students identify with Lily and helps them understand that we all make mistakes.

When his new neighbors, the otters, move in, Rabbit learns of the guiding principle, "Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you." He asks himself, "How would I like otters to treat me?" He comes up with some ideas, such as "I'd like otters to be considerate" and "I'd like it if we could share things," which Keller illustrates with some hilarious asides and speech bubbles. You could use this book to start a conversation about how children would like others in the class to treat them...

In describing her 1st day of school, Annie the dog describes her teacher's efforts to lead a rather wild class in a discussion of the rules. Some ideas the animals contribute are "Always keep your tools dry" (from a beaver) and "Just say no to catnip" (from a cat). Use this book to launch a discussion about how the rules the class in the book developed did not really help them learn and enjoy school. Then encourage your class to think about what some more positive and helpful rules would be.

Officer Buckle is dedicated to teaching children about safety rules, but his presentations put children to sleep. That changes when he starts taking his dog Gloria along. Behind his back, Gloria acts out what would happen if children didn't follow his rules. Children start paying attention and become fully engaged in his talks! Use this book to launch a discussion of why rules are necessary, or to practice taking a list of many specific rules and putting similar ones into categories.

Funny and engaging illustrations show what happens when a boy imagines possible answers to the question he keeps hearing from adults: "What if everybody did that?" For instance, we see the fat zoo animals that would result if everyone broke the rule about not feeding them. Reading this book could inspire a great class discussion about why rules exist. And you could also use it to start a conversation about rules that would make your class a safe and happy place.