Class Rules, Expectations, and Behavior
- Class Rules:
1. Be respectful and show good character (reflecting 6 pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, & Citizenship as well as P.R.I.D.E. = Polite, Respect/Responsibility, In-Control, Don't Quit, Encourage Others).
3. Follow the “Golden Rule” (Treat others the way you want to be treated)
4. Make positive choices and know how to have fun at school! (Example: teasing vs taunting, telling vs tattling, knowing when to be studious and when to be silly, doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, etc.)
- Classroom Expectations & Behavior:
§ Each child is accountable for their actions. “Think before you act.” Classroom Management is web based using “Class Dojo”. Here, students have their own avatar or little monster. I either give them points or take away points based on their behavior at school. Parents get to see their child’s progress and students get to see how many points they earned at school. (Access codes were given the first week of school. Check your child’s backpack). It is required that all parents activate their account. Parents receive immediate feedback about their child's behavior. I strongly believe that we must work together to support your child's learning and shaped them to be good citizens.
§ Have a GROWTH MINDSET. Students are praised more on effort, than intelligence. The power of “yet”! When kids say, “I don’t how to ____”, add yet to the end of that statement. They are to persevere, never give up, and soon they will be great at what they are working on.Short, fun videos from Class Dojo to reinforce the Growth Mindset:
If poor choices are made, students lose points and it will be documented on Class Dojo. Only, you the parent, will see the observation notes to ensure confidentiality.
1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: Lose privileges or 7-8 minutes of recess to think about what/how can the situation be better
3rd Offense: Sent to office. A note or a call is sent home and the student will communicate to parents about the situation. Our purpose is for students to be accountable for their actions and to learn/grow from it. We want to build a strong, positive character.FriendshipsI’m not your friend anymore!” Being friends and sharing friends is a big thing in primary grades! YIKES!Be problem solversStudents will encounter problems or disagreements on the playground. We teach them to be problem solvers by- doing rock, paper, scissors only once (not 2 out of 3!)- talking it out with their friend(s)- be brave and stand up to the problem using "I statements".Example: "I don't like being (name action), would you please be more kind?" or "I feel uncomfortable when I (name action), please make a better choice."They are to keep hands to themselves regardless of how started the situation.