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What are five major classroom rules for toddlers and elementary school age children?

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Whole Brain teaching implements an entire classroom management plan that explains the 5 rules that cover every possible behavior issue you could encounter and how to deal with it.  The rules are:

1.  Follow directions quickly.

2.  Raise your hand for permission to speak.

3.  Raise your hand to leave your seat.

4.  Make smart choices.  

5.  Keep your dear teacher happy.

I have used these rules all year long and rules 4 and 5 are your safety-nets that encompass any potential rule-disputes your children might conjure up.  A parent has never had an issue with the "dear teacher" part, either.  In...

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keep it simple and respectful and easy to understand and enforce

Always use listening ears

Always use gentle hands

Always use walking feet indoors

Always use indoor voices inside

I am an early childhood teacher for toddler and young preschool age children.  So the thought of expecting children to raise hands, sit still, be quiet.. blah blah blah. mortifies me. It just isn't developmentally appropriate and honestly  I feel the same about sharing, I would much rather teach children that sometimes you have to wait to get what you want,  You can ask the other child if she can give it to you when she is done using it.  Give them realistic tools to help them get through life. 

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What are five major classroom rules for toddlers and elementary school age children?

What are five major classroom rules for toddlers and elementary school age children?

 It is not developmentally appropriate to tell a toddler "Don't Hit" or even to keep telling them to share ...and actually that goes for any child . It annoys me when I hear teachers say "Share this , Share that." Let me ask you something , do you share everything you own ? I highly doubt it . The message you actually tell a child when you tell them to literally share everything is well to share everything and let's face there's things that you just don't share with others or that you shouldn't . I get that you're trying yo enforce positive behaviour but telling them to take turns using something is much better than telling them to share . I could go on about these rules forever but I won't . Back to the topic , when making rules for toddlers remember they're still young and there's a lot they still don't understand . In my classroom , my only rules are : 1. Smile when you walk into the classroom 2. Have Fun 3. Love Everyone . If I was teaching an older group let's say Grade 1 or 2 , I would still keep my rules simple and would have three main rules : 1. I will not allow you to harm yourself 2. I will not allow you to harm others. 3. I will not allow you to harm the environment. And I think this would pretty much sum up everything . Respecting others, the environment and themselves . These are the main rules any teacher should have in their classroom rather than No this No that and having 500 rules children will never remember.

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