I’m all for setting up a positive learning environment. Not only does it help the students to feel safe and prepared for getting outside their comfort zones, it also helps me to enjoy the teaching process much more.
I’m going into the 2015/16 Academic year with just four rules or expectations I have of my students’ behaviour.
Now, in keeping with these rules, I confess I can’t take total responsibility for these – I saw them on Mrs Wilson’s Frog-Tastic Website! She’s a very experienced Year 4 teacher from the US, who has posted loads of resources that I’ve found helpful in planning this year.
What I particularly liked about these expectations is that they’re so easily linked to, when behavioural or other issues inevitably crop up. Forgot to tuck in your chair and someone tripped? Number 2 and 4 – be safe and take responsibility. Chatting while I’m giving instructions? Remember number 1 – Be respectful!
These expectations aren’t just for my students. They’re for me as well, and I hope my students hold me accountable! I always strive to treat my students with respect and ensure their safety. I take responsibility by planning my lessons thoroughly and that in itself is hard work!
We shall see how these take shape over the coming year. I’ll report back and let you know. Do you have any classroom or home expectations that you’ve discussed with kids? I’d love to know about it in the comments if so!