Aviva’s Classroom Rules
1) Don’t talk. No, scratch that. You can talk, but only in a whisper voice. On second thought, you can talk in an indoor voice, as long as you’re talking about your learning. But wait: what about those students that need quiet? Okay, never mind what I said before. Here’s the new rule: You can talk, but only in this part of the classroom. The other side is for students that need quiet. Well, that is unless there are more people that need to talk, in which case, we might need to reconsider our boundaries. Let me get back to you on this!
2) Stay in your seat. Oh wait, what if students are working in groups? You may need to move seats then. So what I really should say is that you need to stay in a seat. But you may have a question for someone, so you can move if you need to ask this question. Don’t just wander though. Well, unless you’re asking questions for some kind of survey, in which case, wandering is allowed. This is wandering with a purpose though, but then again, that’s just common sense.
3) Ask before you leave the classroom. That is unless I’m doing guided reading. Then you can wave to me, and that’s kind of like asking. But wait: what if I miss the wave? How will I know that you’re gone? I guess that I need to make some kind of sign back to you. What if I don’t want you to leave though? What will the sign be then? Gosh this is confusing!
And this is the problem with rules …
In the past, I’ve spent much time at the beginning of the school year co-constructing and posting rules. This just made sense to me, until the rules started to make less sense. You see, I really do believe that there are exceptions to just about every rule. So here are our two rules from this year:
Be polite and respectful.
Make safe choices.
These rules ensure that everyone is treated well and everyone remains safe and happy at school. Have I posted these rules? No. But do the students understand the importance of both? Yes! To me, this is what matters.
How do you develop classroom and school rules? Why do you make the decisions that you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!