Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rules!!! *Freebie*


I still have six more weeks before my firsties will set foot in my classroom.  Six weeks to collect MORE items to add to my ever-growing "get-her-done" list. 

Rules, expectations, class pledge, one Golden Rule...I'm really curious what you all do to establish rules in your classrooms.  Do you call them rules?  Do you involve the kiddos in the process or do you just tell them these are the rules follow 'em or else!? {ha}

I involve the kiddos in this process and it usually takes several days to finish up.  I like to elicit ideas for how they plan on keeping our classroom a fun, safe and happy place to learn. 

Here's how I go about creating rules and the poster I'm going to hang in my classroom.  There's more to it and other beginning of the year ideas like ice breakers, how to start building stamina with independent reading & more in my newest product.  Check it out - but don't forget to pick up your freebie that's included in this pack. 

Click here to pick up both ...

You can purchase it at my TpT store if you click on the preview picture!
So, really, if you could take a minute to share how you create rules that help you do that thing you do - I'd really love to read all about it.  I bet there are some newer teachers in the bunch who would like to read about it too!!!! 

Thanks bunches!


  1. I have the kiddos help me come up with our classroom rules. They usually come up with the ones I would have written down anyway. Every one gets to tell me rules and I write everyone of them on the board. Then we go back through and decide if any of them could be grouped together because they are similar. We do this until we have about 5 rules and the Golden Rule. Everyone has to agree that they like and approve of these rules before we make our final poster. Once the poster is made it is displayed in the front of the room so everyone can see it all the time.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  2. You know what's funny? in our school, our "rules" are "Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Ready" :)

  3. First of all, your blog design is super cute! love it. I found you on Fun in First grades' blog roll. I am a first grade teacher as well. You have great freebies going to be downloading for a while. Anyway Rules--I've been teaching for a while, but I am trying something a little different this year. Have you heard anything about whole brain teaching? They talk about incorporating hand motion (like a sign) with each rule, to help it stay in the students long term memory. It's really cool. I just googled them and it;s all there on their site.
    anyway enough of that--I wanted to invite you over to my blog, I'm having a giveaway (trying to get to 100 followers ;0)
    stop by when you get the chance--

  4. I do it pretty much the same way as Heather. I have kids give me rules, list them on the board etc. Then usually I have a poster already made up but we can see that "don't break pencils" goes with "respect people and property" or "no hitting" goes with "keep hands and feet to self" etc. Then as we review the rules over the next few weeks I ask for examples and they come up with all those ideas again. This ensures we all have a good understanding of what our classroom rules mean.


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