My students are involved in the rule-making process at the beginning of the school year. Together we identify the components of a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Then we determine what rules are necessary to create this environment, and what the consequences should be for breaking these rules.
The rules we identify are usually some version of the following:
• keep hands, feet, mouth, and belongings in your own space
• use kind words when speaking to others
• call others only by name
• ask for help when you need it
• give help whenever you can
• do your best work.