As the years passed by, I realized the importance of hitting the rules often THROUGHOUT the year. We now review the rules every day while referring to our class posters. My kids also have hand signals for each of them. I try to have the kids say them three times per day but no less than once per day.
When I began to do this, it transformed my classroom management. By the end of the second week my kids know the rules so well that when they see someone breaking a rule, they correct the behavior. Talk about a timer saver for me!
I use these presentations to introduce and go over our rules:
I use this slideshow a lot during the first month of school and right after every long break. I’ll also go over them when I see that we need a touch up on management (crazy times of the year like Halloween).
For daily use, we refer to these posters:
When I correct behavior (or better yet, when the kids help me correct behavior) I try not to use an accusatory tone. I just use a reminder such as “class, what’s rule number 1?” All the kids say it and no one has to get scolded. My kids get super good about doing this too. If they see a friend breaking a rule, they call their friend’s attention and say something like “Andy, rule number 3.” They say the rule together and the situation is taken care of. Most of the time, my kids take care of these small situations. It’s a direct result of the class knowing the rules so well.
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