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Why should I do it?

  • Refreshes the school rules and procedures with students
  • Reminds students what expectations are
  • Can apply to all students in class without “blaming” them for doing anything wrong or bad
  • Non-threatening
  • Takes the “blame” off the teacher or authority figure for having to follow rules and expectations, for example, you have to sit in your seat and cannot stand in it because the rules say we need to be safe
  • It is something all students are already familiar with, so no new teaching needs to take place, which makes it fast and more easily comprehended
  • Going over the rules and expectations multiple times reinforces good behavior choices

When should I do it?

  • When a student or students are not following rules and expectations
  • On a regular basis as part of classroom management

How do I do it?

  • Use a calm, neutral, non-threatening tone
  • As part of a regular routine, weekly, daily, or monthly
  • As part of regular redirection, for example, “start your assignment and work quietly to respect others who are working”