Anyway, I wanted to share with you how I set up my classroom rules. I always start the first day of school with introducing my class rules. It is very important to let your students know your expectations from the very first day they step into your classroom.
Each morning I have the class recite each rule aloud and use gestures to represent each one. By the end of the first week of school, almost all of my students can recite my rules by heart. This helps a ton when you have to discipline your students for misbehavior. You can have them self reflect on what they did wrong, identify which rule they broke, and what they will do differently next time.
Here are my classroom rules with gestures:
Say: "Rule number 1, Follow directions quickly."
Gesture: Put one hand in the air with one finger (to represent #1), then pretend like you are marching (use your arms only) at a steady pace. Then when you say the word quickly, move your arms faster.
Say: "Rule number 2, Listen to the speaker."
Gesture: Put one hand in the air with two fingers (to represent #2), then put your hands to your ear, and then put your hands in front of you and pretend like your hands are talking.
Say: "Rule number 3, Raise your hand to speak."
Gesture: Put one hand in the air with three fingers (to represent #3), then raise one hand swaying it left to right, and then put your hands in front of you and pretend like your hands are speaking.
Say: "Rule number 4, Be a caring friend."
Gesture: Put one hand in the air with four fingers (to represent #4), then use your arms to hug yourself and twist your torso from left to right.
Say: "Rule number 5, Make good choices."
Gesture: Put one hand in the air with 5 fingers (to represent #5), then give two thumbs up while nodding your head up and down.
Right now I use the traffic light system for behavior management. In addition to this, I will be using my blogging friend Mrs. Pauley's kindergarten behavior management system. Click here to see her post on this topic. It looks very easy to use and kindergarten friendly.
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