Classroom Rules… and a freebie


Like so many of you, the first days of school are spent establishing the classroom culture and rules.

I want my year with the students to run smoothly, and setting up a system of guidelines for the kids to follow ensures that.

Classroom Rules... and a freebie - rules hung up with ribbons

And like some of you, I go into my year knowing the rules I want ahead of time. I know that there are people who like to brainstorm with the class to see what rules they think should be instituted. Now, while I think that is a fabulous thing to do, it does not fit my control freak teaching style, so I don’t actually do that.

What I do do is go through the brainstorming process with my students on the first day of school and guide them to my predetermined rules.

Classroom Rules... and a freebie worksheet

I do have some brainstorming and discussing involved with the use of my rules though.

Come over to my blog, Teaching in Room 6, to read all about how I incorporate discussion, Thinking Maps, Think-Pair-Share and many other strategies into the creation of the rules and class culture.

Classroom Rules... and a freebie to show what the rules look like

This year, I also did another activity that I haven’t done in quite some time, but feel is valuable. I had the students create a “My Classroom Rules” Book.

You can read all about what I did with this and why I feel it is beneficial… then pick up a copy to use in your room!

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Hi! My name is Stephanie (more commonly known as Mrs. M to my students) and I am an upper grade teacher. From the moment I stepped into my first classroom (a 4/5 split class), I knew that upper grades were for me. The interaction and level of conversation, the content I am teaching, the level of understanding the upper grade kids have... I was caught hook, line, and sinker by the upper grade bug.