Classroom Rules (2009-2010)

I use six big ideas: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, the Six Pillars of Character, as the basis for our rules. With each new class, I show students I respect them and have them help formulate guidelines for our rules on these basic shared values.

Parents, I encourage you to discuss these character values with your children and how they apply to school, home, and life in general. Your support in this regard is invaluable to us having a successful year.

Be Trustworthy:

  • Always keep a confidence
  • Don’t lie
  • Keep your promises
  • Tell the truth
  • Be honest

Be Respectful:

  • Listen to the person who has the floor
  • Respect everybody and everything around you
  • Don’t yell at people
  • Don’t spread rumors
  • Do not talk out of turn

Be Responsible:

  • Do not litter
  • Do not lose what your teacher gave you
  • You should always finish your responsibilities first
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Show that you’re reliable to do the job

Be Fair:

  • Don’t judge people by how they look or act
  • Play fairly
  • Don’t single people out
  • Never team up in any sport
  • Everyone has equal rights
  • Don’t exclude someone from an activity
  • Treat people equally
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated

Be Caring:

  • When you feed the homeless
  • Look out for others
  • When someone’s crying, try to cheer them up
  • Recycle
  • Give your friend a helping hand
  • When your friends are alone, talk to them

Be a Good Citizen:

  • Pick up trash
  • Participate in school gardening projects
  • You shouldn’t hurt other people's feelings because you have the same citizenship as them
  • Make good choices
  • Always follow the rules
  • Planting trees
  • You have a right to speak for yourself
  • Help your neighborhood or community
  • Join activities from churches and other places to help the community
  • Don’t vandalize things

Discipline Plan

(I have modified my Discipline Plan. I will post it along with the rules we determine for the 2012-2013 school year.)

Hallway Rules

  • Always walk quietly.
  • Without your class = partner + pass.
  • Look at, do not touch, students’ work.
  • No detours.

Yard Rules

  1. Watch out for others.
  2. Keep your body parts and hurtful words to yourself.
  3. Stay in the yard at all times (except to use the bathroom).
  4. Stay away from the bungalow, yard gates, ramps, elevator, and stairs.
  5. Do not kick or sock balls.
  6. No dodgeball games.
  7. Run only in the track area, or the basketball court if you’re playing basketball.
  8. Freeze when the bell rings. Walk to your line when the yard teachers ring the handbells.

Bathroom Rules

  1. Always carry a hall pass with you.
  2. Go to the bathroom with a partner and stay together at all times.
  3. No playing.
  4. Flush the toilet after use.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  6. Use paper towels for drying hands only.
  7. Walk at all times.

Cafeteria Rules

  1. Stay seated until dismissed.
  2. Clean up after yourself.
  3. Keep food in the cafeteria.
  4. Talk quietly.
  5. Walk. Don’t run.
  6. Don’t waste food.
  7. Recycle and compost.

Play Structure Rules

Assigned classes only. Open between 9:20 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.

  • Be aware of others.
  • No running.
  • No balls.

Monkey Bars: Swinging only, going in one direction.

Take turns.

  • Sliding down only, feet first.
  • Slide on your bottom only.
  • Keep bottom of slide clear.

Classroom Rules (2008-2009)

Here are the rules we formulated at the beginning of the year using the Six Pillars of Character. You may also look at the Character page for some quotes I have already posted on these ideas. You may also want to look at Positive Adjectives (below).


  • Be honest
  • Keep confidences


  • Treat people the way you want to be treated
  • Respect yourself, other people, and things
  • Use good manners; be polite
  • Listen when someone else is talking


  • Be responsible for yourself


  • Be fair to yourself and others
  • Play fair and work fair
  • Take turns


  • Be helpful
  • Care for everything
  • Be thoughtful
  • Forgive others
  • Be kind


  • Cooperate
  • Follow all the rules
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, and caring

Positive Adjectives (2008-2009)

Before I told students what the six pillars were, I asked them to write about three positive adjectives that they use to describe themselves or that others have used of them; about the same number of positive adjectives to describe classmates; and their teachers. We then had three lists of positive adjectives. Then we looked for words that were repeated on more than one list. My goal was for students to see that despite our many differences, we have many traits that we value in ourselves and others that we share in common.

The words that showed up on all three lists were: nice, kind, smart, helpful, funny, responsible, and friendly. The words that showed up on two lists were: happy, caring, playful, unique, and fun. Those are good words that show what we collectively value.

Honest showed up on one list and fits nicely with the pillar of Trustworthiness. Respectful, patient, and polite fit with Respect, just as responsible obviously goes with Responsibility. And several words that students shared, nice, kind, helpful, friendly, caring, thoughtful, and kind-hearted fall under the pillar of Caring.

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