I made a new poster for my room. Every couple of years I tend to tweak my art room rules. I struggled to come up with an “I” but settled on “Imagine new things!” I told the kids it’s not really a rule, but a reminder. I was surprised how often I referred to the reminder on the poster. When a student said, “I like what so and so is doing, can I copy it?” I referred to the “Imagine new things” line on the poster. The kids seemed to immediately agree and come up with something else when I reminded them of that line.
Looking for more ideas on rules for your classroom? Searching on Pinterest, of course, will give you a lot of ideas!
This summer I bought the book The Classroom Management Secret: And 45 Other Keys to a Well-Behaved Class. If you are struggling with how to approach classroom management, this book has a lot of solid, matter-of-fact ideas. The author also has a website where you can read oodles of his articles on classroom management.