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It’s only been three days since school has started and so much has already taken place. In reality, it feels like three non-stop days of meetings and teaching. Many teachers are recharging this weekend to begin again on Monday. After reflecting on the last few days of school, I’m now starting to plan specific learning opportunities for next week.
Many community building activities were emphasized this past week. My class created classroom rules during the first day of school. This year I created the rules with my class and they are now posted on a bulletin board. Most research that I’ve read indicates that when students are part of the creation of the rules, they are more willing to take ownership and model the rules in the classroom throughout the school year.
Here’s the rule creation process that I used this year:
- Each student is given one Post-it note
- The students are asked to not write their name on the Post-it
- Each student writes down one rule that they think would benefit the classroom
- I collect the Post-it notes and read each one to the class
- If any student doesn’t agree with a rule they may communicate why it shouldn’t be a rule
- The class “approves” each rule through consensus
- After all of the rules have been read, the class starts to categorize the rules (since we can’t have 23 unique rules!)
- After categorizing each Post-it, my classroom rules look like this:
- The rules are posted on a poster in the classroom
- Students place their signature on the poster and then each individual Post-it note is placed around the poster (like a border)
- I (and often students) refer to the poster to reinforce classroom expectations throughout the year
10 thoughts on “Creating Classroom Rules”
That’s a great way to get their input. I did a similar activity with my 6 Science classes this year (8th grade). Each class pretty much had the same rules. It’s amazing how they already know how to behave and what is expected. We just need to help remind them. Great job and great post!
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