Classroom Rules: Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Responsible
Posters and T-Charts
This resource includes 4 posters: one poster with all 3 rules and 3 individual rule posters. This resource also includes 3 T-Charts (one for each rule).
How To Use This Resource
I have been using these 3 simple rules for years and they cover all the bases. I find that keeping it to 3 simple rules kids can remember is more effective than many specific rules. Plus I like that they apply to "life" and are good citizenship traits rather than lists of things they should or shouldn't do. The students help generate the more specific rules/expectations when we discuss what each rule looks/sounds like.
The value in these rules is the discussions we have in what they mean during the first weeks of school and throughout the entire year!
I display the posters in my room where students can easily see them. This year I'm putting them in frames that I painted from Michaels for some added cuteness:) I will include the one sheet in my information sheet to parents and I will also post it on our class website.
During the first two weeks of school, we discuss in detail what these rules mean. We get specific and make a big class list of what it looks like and sounds like in a classroom with these rules. The students list things that they would hear other students saying or doing. In first grade, I write these and display on the t-chart. In older grades, the students could each have a copy at their seats and create their own. We add to the t-charts throughout the year when we come up with a new example.