It’s hard to believe that it is almost that time of year again! I am taking a brief respite from my “preparing your child for school series”. It is not only children who are preparing for school but the teachers too!
I decided to spruce up my “Classroom Rules” posters for the coming year. I spent an absolute age on these! I really hope that you like them and find them to be useful 😉
My classroom theme for this year is centred on “Owls” hence the owl on the first poster. I have the perfect puppet and lots more owl themed goodies all waiting to be laminated. I am really starting to get excited!
Do you have a theme for your classroom every year? Last year I did “Miss Mernagh’s Superstars!”. This years is….”Senior Infants is a Hoot!!!”. Don’t you just love it?! I would love to hear from you if you have a theme. There’s always next year 😉
I created these classroom rules posters for my own personal use so the term “she” is used in the last image. If you would like this with the word “he” please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it straight to your inbox. How about that for service 😉
Similarly, if there is a rule that you would like added let me know and I will create it for you. It would drive me nuts to post an odd poster on my wall. I would have to have the set matching.
Here is a quick refresher on some key points with regard to classroom rules:
- There are two types of rules: positive and negative . Positive rules focus on what a pupil should do. The focus of these rules are to encourage pupils to adopt suitable and appropriate behaviours. Negative rules state what should not be done and their main focus in on and focus is on misbehavior. Positive rules encourage use of positive interactions, while negative rules focus on punishment (Bicard, 2000)
- Classroom expectations must be clear, concise, and explicit so that students can understand them and how to behave in order to follow them (Quinn et al., 2000).
- An optimal number of rules is between 3-5. (Bicard, 2000; Heins, 1996; McGinnis, Frederick, & Edwards, 1995; Short, Short & Blanton, 1994)
- Classroom rules should be stated in the “positive“, presented visually and consistently enforced.
- Classroom rules should focus on specific observable behaviors rather than nonspecific generalities (Kostewicz, Ruhl & Kubina Jr, 2008)
Miss Mernagh 🙂
P.S:Graphics The border, owl and star graphics are all DJInkers, the children with their hands raiseD is discoveryschool.com and the rest are Microsoft Word.