As we begin our journey back into the classroom, there are a few rules “that rule” if you know what I mean. Here are three (3) parts of my system as a teacher, but I do wonder…what are your class rules and are rules important?
- Be Consistent
- Be Clear
- Be Kind
Harry Wong’s words on being consistent:
“Students do not like to be in classroom where they do not know what is going to happen next. Students like consistency as it creates a school climate were everyone knows what to expect and what to do. Consistency builds a work environment that is safe and inviting.”
Being clear has implications for understanding the language at a minimum, but also helps students know what is expected of them. To me, being clear at what you want helps the learner understand efficiently. Be clear with what you mean when you ask students to come to the rug for example— (does that mean they come to assigned spots or they can sit next to their BFF?) Being clear goes along with being consistent like salt goes with pepper—a good partnership.
Be kind…when I work with older kids (especially middle schoolers), be kind is the only ‘rule’. We talk all year about how to be kind to each other, how to speak to each other, how to turn in homework, how to be on time, how to replace supplies and how to return books to the library, etc. The implications for being kind are wide open and like always, it is up to the teacher to make it important or not.
I want to wish all the fabulous teachers out there a wonderful school year!
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