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Establishing Rules and Procedures in a 4th Grade Classroom

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Establishing Rules and Procedures in a 4th Grade Classroom
How Should Rules and Procedures Be Created?
Student and teacher involvement is essential in creating rules and procedures in the classroom. It is an empowering approach because it includes everyone in creating a healthy and safe learning environment.
One person talks at a time
Reinforcement Ideas:
talking stick/ rock (whomever has the item gets to talk and the other’s listen)
names pulled out of a basket
participation tallies
hand raising

It is no secret that establishing rules and procedures and setting expectations in a classroom at the start of the school year will be the foundation for effective classroom management. A lack of rules and procedures will interfere with learning quality, therefore when rules and procedures are well established optimal learning will happen.
What are Rules?
Classroom rules are a key component for a well managed classroom. Effective classroom rules set the boundaries and expectations which ensure an ideal learning environment.
Enforces respect amongst peers and teachers via turn- taking while building listening skills
Show respect to others and to yourself
Reinforcement Ideas:
Teach students how to use whole body listening
Show students how they can respect others and themselves by being kind and polite
Teach students to always do their best work
Have an example of “GOOD WORK” and “CAN DO BETTER WORK” posted and as they hand assignments in ask them to evaluate their work as “good work” or “can the do better work”

This rule will teach students how to treat themselves and others in a positive way
Keep your hands and feet to yourself
Reinforcement Ideas:
Teach students how to appropriately interact with each other during lessons and when playing
Teach students to vocalize when a student crosses the physical boundaries
Teach students other means to show affection towards each other

This is a very important rules that teaches students about how not to intrude on other’s personal space.
Always be prepared for class
Reinforcement Ideas:
Post a list of material needed in the classroom everyday(textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, etc.)
Create a routine and specific stations for handing in homework, tests, journals, etc.
Set up stations where students can go get extra things they need like tissues, scrap paper, etc.

This rule encourages students to think ahead and be organized.
Maintain a healthy class
Reinforcement Ideas:
Wash hands after the bathroom, before and after eating.
Cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze to prevent germs from spreading.
Don’t share food or drinks
Bring healthy snacks to school.
If students feel ill, they let the teacher know.

It is important that student use healthy habits in and out of the classroom to help prevent illness within the class.
What are Procedures?
Classroom procedures are what students are expected to do through different parts of their day. One key point to remember is that procedures should always be consistent.
Lining up before exiting the class
Reinforcement Ideas:
Assign a different line leader who guides the class and models proper behavior
Make a line in the classroom with colored tape so that students know where to line-up
Practice, practice! If they exist the room without the lining up, they must go back in and start over.
Give classroom rewards for lining-up quietly

Lining up before exiting the class enforces that the class moves as a unit allows for easy tracking of students, and gives hallways a sense of order.
Taking out/putting away/caring for supplies
Reinforcement Ideas:
Share group supplies
Recap glue containers and markers
Make sure the correct supply goes into the correct numbered basket it belongs to.
Books should be returned to their correct place
Teachers should make sure that everything is labeled
If they come across something that is not in the correct place or group students need to return it quietly.

It is important that students learn how to keep classroom materials and supplies organized and taken care of.
“Give me five” gesture
Reinforcement Ideas:
When teacher says “give me five”, students put their hand up in the air
The 5 things they need to do are the following:

This is a signal used to get students’ attention back to the teacher.
Walking in the hallway
Reinforcement Ideas:
Use walking feet
Voice level zero (teacher can use a circle hand gesture for zero)
Head should be facing forward
Hands should be behind your back or by your side

It is important that students learn how to walk properly and quietly in the hallway.
Using Good Manners
Reinforcement Ideas:
Say please and thank you.
Hold the door for each other.
Help others whenever you can.
Teachers should model good manners by doing all of these.
Acknowledge students’ use of good manners whenever possible

It is important that students use good manners throughout the day to keep everyone feeling good and comfortable in class
(1) Eyes -- on the speaker
(2) Ears -- listening
(3) Mouth -- closed and quiet
(4) Hands -- still
(5) Feet -- on the floor and quiet
Student involvement builds ownership, community and buy-in. Having a visual display allows for referencing and reminders throughout the day
You want kids to behave appropriately because they understand that there are rewards for everyone in a civil classroom.
Integrity is a large part of why it’s important for students to be involved in creating rules and procedures. Students need to have clear definitions of rules and understand why it’s more important to adhere to the community rules than it is to “win” -- whether that means cheating on a test or being respectful to all.
The importance of collaborative rule setting video
A classroom without rules looks like....
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