On the FIRST day of school I always find time to teach exactly what it is that I expect from my students from their behavior in the hallway. This is the perfect time to do this because they are taking in all of your rules, procedures, and expectations. I put this chart under the document camera or project it on the white board and we being a brainstorm list of what an "excellent" line should look like and sound like. I take the honest opinions and write down exactly what the students say - as they can say some of the best things! Their wording and thoughts make this so powerful.
Some examples used on my chart:
Sounds like ...
* you could hear a pin drop
* the teacher's voice only
* we are walking on marshmallows
* quiet footsteps
* students writing with their pencils in classrooms
Looks like ...
* soldiers marching
* a line that is straight as a ruler
* everyone facing forward
* no gaps
Once the chart is created - I ask if there is anything that anyone doesn't agree with or can live without. This give them the chance to buy into this - and then it becomes the way we work!
We set the standard on the first day and for the first two weeks we review this chart (that becomes posted in the classroom) daily! In the hallway - I speak this language they came up with in the hallway to reinforce the expectations.
This procedure will help make your class line one of the best in the school! It is all about setting high expectations and committing to results you want!
** The preview is a snapshot of part of the t-chart.