Creating Classroom Rules
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Creating Classroom Rules


Narrator: Welcome.
In this short video, we will highlight the importance of creating and using
classroom rules. We will also provide guidance for
crafting rules for your own classroom. The National Center on Quality
Teaching and Learning uses the house framework to illustrate
the effective teaching practices that support school readiness
for all children. Creating classroom rules is part
of the foundation of the house. Clear classroom rules,
that are applied consistently, contribute to a well organized
learning environment, an environment where the children
can learn and thrive. Teacher: Benjamin, nice job
taking turns! Teacher: I like the way Isaac is watching
Ms. Contreras. Now, everybody give me five. Teacher: Give yourselves a clap. Narrator: Use your walking feet.
Be kind. Use an inside voice.
Take turns. We’ve all seen lists of classroom rules, but where do they come from
and why are they important? Teachers, along with the children
and families, establish a small number of short,
simple, positive rules that help everyone understand what behaviors are expected
in the classroom from children as well as adults. Rules set the norm for the classroom. Classroom rules are important
for several reasons. When everyone knows and follows
the rules, the classroom is calm, safe,
orderly, and predictable. A well-regulated classroom
helps children with their own self-control
and regulation. And a well-regulated classroom
means there will be more learning opportunities
for everyone. Teachers, children, and families
generate the rules for their own classroom. Rules can be based on shared
expectations of appropriate behavior. Rules also consider the age
of the children. While the list of classroom rules
may look similar from one room to another, it’s valuable for teachers, children,
and families to work together to establish
their own rules. LaTasha Rolland:
The kids start to brainstorm and really think of things we can do
and we can’t do, and they begin to name those rules,
and I write them down, so they can see them. And I also begin to put a visual
with it. Narrator: Everyone in the classroom
community needs to understand the rules. Write them as short, clear,
and positive statements. And limit the number of rules. Three to five should be just enough. Then, post the rules in a spot
where everyone can see them. But, it’s not enough to just
write and post the rules. The children need to learn them
and practice them. So, the teacher needs to teach them. Do this by demonstrating the rules, and describe each rule
while you model it. Give children opportunities
to practice the rules. And let the children know when
they are demonstrating the rules. Teacher:
And now whose turn is it, Kimberly? Kimberly: Uh, Sharon.
Teacher: Sharon! Because she’s next. Narrator: Teachers also need to plan ahead
and determine what will happen if a child doesn’t follow the rules. The teacher might remind the child
of the rule or provide some additional practice
or maybe even stop the activity. It’s important to plan ahead, so that you give a consistent
and predictable response if a child doesn’t follow the rules. That will help the child understand
and learn the rule. Teacher: Taylor-Reese was over here,
and you brought your stick. What’s going to happen to your stick? What do you have to do to your stick? Boy: I’ve got to…
Teacher: Right. Now, let me put Taylor-Reese,
and then you’ll come back, okay? Teacher: I’m going to wait for Anna,
and I’m going to wait for Tony. I want to make sure you guys
are listening, so you know how to use the tent. Tony, come back. Thank you. I’m glad you guys
made your good choices. Narrator: And remember, always encourage
the children to follow the rules by acknowledging them
when they follow the rules. Teacher: Oh, look at that,
remembering to turn the water off with your paper towel!
Way to go! Teacher: Nice asking, Tylicia. Amy, Tylicia and Jamal
just shared the jam. It was really friendly. Teacher (singing): I like the way that
Zanobia, Miracle, Bay’le, Nyiemah, Nakeyah, Jahzir, and Charles are sitting. They know what to do. Narrator: In this video, we focused
on classroom rules: Why they’re important
and how to create them. Classroom rules help make
a classroom community that is safe and predictable so that
everyone can participate and learn. Thank you for listening. Learn more about how to create
rules for your own classroom by checking out the tips and tools
and additional resources.

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