Here is a question all teachers should consider before school begins - How many classroom rules do you need? A classroom list of rules can become lengthy and tedious. The longer the list, the harder it is for students to commit them to memory. Here are four clear and understandable classroom management rules which are brief (only two words each), specific, and uncomplicated. They encompass the main areas of concern and are more than sufficient to govern general behaviors in any classroom. Because alliteration is used, the rules are easy for all students to remember.
1) Be Prepared - The first rule encompasses coming to class/group with the items needed to learn.
2) Be Prompt - This rule focuses on being on time to class/school.
3) Be Polite - This highlights how we treat each other in the classroom and includes peers as well as adults.
4) Be Persistent - The final rule spotlights the need to stay on task and complete an assignment even though it might not be easy.
Each rule is written as a chart which may be copied on cardstock, laminated, and hung in the room.
Also included are two extra rules which you may want to substitute for the above four. They are" Be Productive" and "Be Positive".
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