My mentor and I wrote class rules together at the beginning of this year.
Here is a close representation of how we shared them with the class:
Ours fit on the chalkboard a little better. (Minor point of clarification, I know)
We had three rules: be prepared, respect others and have fun.
I liked those rules and think they would work well.
For my list of classroom rules, I started thinking in Ps. (I mean not P.S. but multiple words that begin with the letter p).
My list: Be polite. Be prepared. Be punctual. Be positive.
Wordle did not work for me….something about a missing plugin that I could not install…perhaps I have personal issues with Java…
So I created a different word map using Tagul. It has lots of fun features if you are into the word map thing and would like some variety beyond Wordle.
I also found this great post on Alfie Kohn’s website entitled, “Rethinking Classroom Rules.” I like what he has to say about telling kids what to do.
And as a bonus, a short video about the role of humor in the classroom. (Ms. Cohen also addresses her take on classroom rules).