My school has four basic rules:
- Be Safe
- Be Honest
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
During the first week of school I read the following books to help get discussions started:
Finally, as a class we decide upon some class agreements regarding our behavior. I don't feel the need to expand too much beyond our school rules because like any "good" rules they are phrased in a positive way ("Be --" vs. "Don't --") and are open enough to allow for interpretation which is what we've been discussing all week during these read aloud lessons ("Be honest" means tell the truth, only keep what belongs to you, do your own work without copying, etc.)
This year my students came up with 3 simple agreements that nicely summarize how we want to act in class. After listing them, we all signed our names in commitment.
|Sorry this photo is so fuzzy- my camera was acting up!|
As you can see, the posters I made are displayed around our Class Agreements. I seized the opportunity for a brief spelling lesson and talked about the homophones <be> and <bee>. I was planting a seed as we'll learn a lot more on homophones throughout the year. I was very clear that the posters were a play on words (a kind of joke), and made sure that the children understood the difference between the meanings of both spellings.
If you'd like a copy of your own, click on the image below to download the poster set which also includes directions for creating your own editable slides.
How do you develop and share your classroom rules with your students?