Ideas for Rootin-Tootin Behavior!
I've noticed over the years that most of the problems occur on the playground, so we spend a lot of time discussing and reviewing playground rules. If students cannot follow the rules, they sit against the wall for 2 minutes.
The Recess Queen!
I use this book in the beginning of the year to teach about playground rules.
We read the rules everyday before going to recess.If a student does not follow the rules on the playground, we review them again when we come inside.
Here is my anchor chart:
I use this Classroom Voice Level Chart: I bought from TPT.
This is a helpful way to remind students what the voice level should be in the classroom.
I LOVE THIS POWERFUL IDEA!
I also want to share a quick activity I found at imbloghoppin (similiar to Deanna Jump's idea). I used her wording but changed the verbs. This is NOT my idea.
This is a great way to help students understand the importance of thinking before they speak & being respectful to one another.
Start the activity by introducing the students to Sam! Explain to them that he is a kindergartner that goes to a different school and he isn't very well liked by his classmates.
Ask the students to think of comments they might hear that would hurt Sam's feelings. As the kiddos share examples, crumble a section of Sam.
Continue this until Sam is one serious crumbled up mess! He should even suffer a few rips and tears throught the process :( Poor baby!
Then discuss how bad Sam is feeling and how they would feel from the hurtful comments. Ask the students to share things they could say to Sam so he would KNOW he was important and that we respected him. With each example, have the students help smooth out the paper, but....
they will discover that the hurtful comments made Sam different now. No matter how hard you try (and try really hard) to take back the hurtful comments and say sorry, the comments still hurt Sam.
This is a simple yet powerful way to teach your students to be sure that their comments to others are respectful at all times. Sam is a part of our classroom now and will serve as a constant reminder to us that we will always think before we speak.