Using Classroom Rules
Classroom rules should be reviewed daily with all children to help them learn self regulation, listening skills and create a safe learning atmosphere.
Rules should be stated positively (i.e. walking feet instead of no running).
Classrooms for children 3 and under should have no more than 3 rules on their chart. Classrooms for children 3-6 should have no more than 5 rules on their chart.
The teacher should talk about each rule and ask children to demonstrate how to follow that rule. Ask the children why each rule is important and how everyone can help each other to follow the classroom rules.
If a child is not following a rule, the teacher should calmly walk the child over to the rule chart and ask the child to review the rules and talk about why each is important.
Depending on the activity taking place, the teacher may not need to verbally remind the child to follow the rule but may just want to point to the rule or model how to follow the rule (i.e. the teacher notices the children are talking during story time, teacher pauses, puts her hands in her lap and stops talking until the children imitate her, then she can finish reading). The teacher may also want to just hand the rule card to the child as a non-verbal cue and continue the lesson.
The teacher may also want to remove the rule the child had trouble following and hand it to the child so that he/she can look at the rule and think about why it is important to follow that rule and have an opportunity to demonstrate how he/she follows the rule.