What Are Your Classroom Rules?

The Question:
I would love to know everyone’s class rules (what you post in your room). I need to have rules posted in the room, and need to create another one to match my theme.
The Answers:
Jenn Boudreau 
Read Responsive Classroom– great for making the rules together…
Lisa Horton Messner
 I love “Whole Brain Teaching” rules! Go to their web site to get a copy. My class does really well with them.
Phyllis Robinson 
Let the kids help create them after posting some very basic ones.
Karen Wotton Kent
 We make the rules together but i always keep them down to only 3 or 4 and we change them from negative words (don’t hit) to positive. They are usually 1. Use kind words. 2. Use kind hands and feet 3. Take care of each other  4. take care of materials. We then make a set of “rug rules” which are rules for read a-louds (and being on the rug). 1. Sit criss-cross 2. Use listening ears 3. Raise hand
Mary Emily Noble 
I teach in a Catholic school and we have a school wide model of “doing the right thing and treating people right.”. This is what I use to direct discussion the first day of school about rule for the classroom. With the kids, I create a positive “I can” list of expectations rather than rules. We also have school wide procedures that we adapt and implement in the classroom.
Jennifer Thompson
 I have general ones, however our principal wants the kids to “whisper talk” so I use that term a lot and explain what it is model it.. There is a rules song we sing and the kids love it.. I can’t remember who does it..
Jean Ringenberg
 My rules on the wall spell B.U.G.S. (think insect theme!) B=Be kind to others. U=Use your ears, listen and follow directions. G=give others their space. S=speak when it is your turn. Kids love that it spells out BUGS!
Diane Smith
 We have PBIS so the rules are : Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
Edie Naylor
 We write our rules together over the first week. Read “The First Six Weeks of the School” by Denton and Kriete.
Denise Baker Dillman 
Melody Gipperich Check the education section of Pinterest so many great ideas on these online bulletin board!!!!!
Briana Joy Fails 
Here is a link to my POND rules. : )
Celina Norris Davis
 Our whole school has the same program- pre-k through 8th. BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE SAFE. 🙂
Kim Beehler Aman
 We have a class discussion where we hear all of their ideas, and then I consolidate them and they always end up being: Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, DO YOUR BEST! I write them on a poster everyone signs around them. I have found that they cover everything that can happen in the class.
Jody Bruss Baacke
Our entire school has the same rules- BE SAFE, BE KIND and DO YOUR JOB.
Karen Kerns 
Celina, we have the exact same ones, we must be doing the same program.
Amy Hofferica Ryan
Parochial kindergarten: Make God-pleasing choices. Make respectful choices. Make safe choices. Make helpful choices. I love that I can just ask: Is that helpful? Is that God-pleasing? when I see behavior that breaks a rule. They are regularly encouraged to self-evaluate. I teach them that they should ask those questions BEFORE they act.
Jamie Lacourciere Fonseca
 We sit together and generate a list of “rules” and then I help them consolidate them into: take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of our classroom and materials. Then I have them sign them! Just like someone else mentioned, when they do something wrong, it’s easy to say “is that taking care of our classroom…” it helps. We also create rug rules for any rug time, and I had them “read” them with me
every day when we met until they knew them and could follow them well. Then, when they weren’t following them it was a quick reminder and they usually stopped.
Keri Smith Thomas 
Walk-don’t run
Talk quietly
Listen and follow directions
Keep your hands and feet to yourself
And- no nasty talking
We have hand motions that go along with each one and repeat every morning during our circle time.
Jane Wooten Ayers 
All of K-2 must use the same rules. Be kind to others, listen and follow directions, pay attention, contol talking, and use time wisely. We have pictures/signals for each rule.
Julie Houlton Stiltner
 Brainstorm with the kids and then make the rules positive. Instead of no hitting, put :keep hands and feet to yourself…instead of no running, put: please walk…etc. That way you are not always saying “don’t”. Instead of saying this is your last warning, I say this is your last reminder before….(whatever our consequence is).
Teresa Brown 
Mine are easy: You may do anything in our classroom that does not cause a problem for anyone else. What I found is that if a “don’t” rule is posted, they find a bunch of other “don’ts” they shouldn’t do and then the list of rules gets HUGE… We make a social contract (Capturing Kids’ Hearts training idea) each year (in each class–so I have three–homeroom, math, and language arts) that lists the things we WILL do (kind of like a class constitution.) We talk through each one and the kids are the ones who come up with them. We’ll have one or two “don’ts,”  like don’t distract others, but most everything else is written in a positive light. And when kids break our social contract, I stop class to address it (especially at the beginning–take time now so you don’t have to later) and refer them to the social contract that they SIGNED (we make a big deal about the fact that you have to SIGN IT!) It’s been really helpful to do things this way rather than have a list of rules–I still guide kids to my non-negotiables (like listen when someone is talking, etc.) and we go through each one to ensure that everyone knows what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like (both to do and to be the recipient of).
Janet Auer Baird
WE start with just 3 and they seem to remember:
Be safe, Be respectful, Be responsible.
Edie Naylor
 Safe, responsible and respectful and I teach lessons on what that means and what it “looks” like. Taking the time to teach it at the beginning of the year and then revisit them constantly pays off!
Nancy Carr Dunnagan
 Be a leader, The Golden Rule , and Thumper Rule (from the movie Bambi, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all). I like that they are simple, but so much can fit into them!
Amanda Bertrand 
We use the book “David Goes to School”  in my kindergarten class to get non-examples and base our rules on it, I hang pictures of the book in the classroom. It makes light of it while being relatable to them. The rules are keep your hands to yourself, use an inside voice, line up when asked and pay attention.
Jennifer Mewhorter Bonds 
I Love Whole Brain!!! Watch their videos about motions and rules together!
Pat Marzinske
 I was at a workshop this summer The presenter said she had only one rule it was “Do what is right”. That kind of sums it up.
Crystal Perry Sharp
 The the R’s…Be Ready, Be Responsible, Be Respectful
Jackie Ford
 Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible – No Excuses!
Stephanie Gault Albarez
 The golden rule: listen to the teacher (any teacher)
2. Keep hands, feet, objects, and mean words to yourself.
3. Stay in your area (wherever I need that to be- playground, lunch table, spot on rug, centers, place in line, etc)
4. Loud voices and running are for recess.
We act out rule breaking occasionally to demonstrate each rule.
Leslie Blackshear 
We have “be kind, be safe and be ready” everything falls under that. They are relieved when I tell them that I only have 3 rules. Then we practice and act them out.
Heather Wells
 All of our K classes have the same 5 rules because they coincide to our daily behavior folders that we all send home.
1. Follow directions the 1st time.
2. Raise your hand to talk.
3. Listen when others are talking.
4. Keep hands, feet, & objects to yourself.
5. Walk at school.
We figure most things can fall under rule one if you’ve already asked them to stop doing something or explained that it is something that is dangerous, unsafe, or unkind. We use the numbers to talk about them, so I can say, “is that following rule #1?” and they’ll know which rule I’m talking about.
Diane Tetzner
 Thank you goes out to Miss Bindergarten for having this forum, to all who post your questions and to those who post solutions. I Love Love LOVE reading them all. I almost feel like you are all a part of a huge support group. Thank you so much!
Mary Beth Gaudion Thomas
 Our school has what we call, The 5 Star Expectations: Show Respect, Responsibility, Focus, Self-control and Problem Solving. They are succinct and everything fits into them! We talk about what each one means and looks like. We use those words often. I ask a child if they are showing (whatever) when they do something and use them to help children think before they act. We’ve been using them for several years now……Love it!
Beth Beidleman Zercher
 I use Whole Brain Teaching. Love the rules and the motions that go with them. Whenever someone breaks a rule, all I have to say is the number and the whole class recites the rule instead of me having to say turn your voice off or stay in your seat. They have been a life saver for me.:)
Arlene Paxton
I also love hearing your ideas. I have been teaching K for 12 years and I still love learning and trying new ideas each year. Thanks for sharing everyone. I think there is a little Miss Bindergarten in all of us!
Suzanne Giaimo
 Read Harry Wong and you won’t need anyone else.
Susan Huellmantel Grady
 We make our rules together. I follow the procedure in the book The First Six Weeks from Responsive Classrooms. You can twist the conversation so you get the rules you want, and I’m heading for some of the ones I read above! Safe, kind, responsible. Love it.
Sara Denicola-Burnett
 We are doing a superhero theme this year so I’m thinking….HEROS…hands raised…eyes and ears…respecting others…On brains…Shhh…then just ask my students are you being a hero right now?
Shannon Hargrove 
do the right thing
Erin Brandon
 Here is a link to my rules.
Brenda Smith Browning
 Be Safe; Be Responsible; Be Responsible & Be Here and Ready to Learn!! We teach these expectations in the form of Cool Tools.
Cristina Torres 
I am a bilingual K teacher, any rules in Spanish…
Milena Smith
 My list of classroom rules changes every year because we make them together the first day but I always make sure to add my own last one which is Be a friend. This can encompass a lot of things I think but mostly it’s my way of sort of eliminating the “she said she’s not my friend” situations.
Tina Lageson
 Be kind. Be safe and Be your best.
Elise Summer Wright
 For “carpet time” we use “The Magic Five” from Lucy Calkins Writing program and hold up 5 fingers.
1. Sit like a pretzel
2. Eyes on the speaker
3.Ears listening
4. Mouths quiet
5. Hands in your lap.
Tonya Richards
 We make ours on constitution day on a scroll poster I had laminated. I keep it simple no more than five things.
Amy Byrd Music 
I also have five, but teach m.s. the biggest is be respectful of yourself and others. Almost everything falls under it.

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