Resources‎ > ‎

Class Rules

Rules and Expectations

We promote an interactive classroom. Our goal is academic excellence. As such, everyone has to do their part in order for the classroom to function effectively. Students must feel good and safe in order for an optimal amount of learning to occur in the classroom. This means, we promote kindness.

Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Resilient
Be Reliable

Students will need to reflect on their actions;

When students exhibit unacceptable behaviors.
When students are not following school/class rules.
When students are on task, displaying appropriate behaviors, and following school/class rules.

Responding to minor interruptions

When a student interrupts learning by blurting out, they will be reminded to allow everyone to have think time and shows a lack of respect for others. This is done within reason. 
If the interruptions continue, other forms of intervention will be necessary. 
I believe in logical consequences. Make a mess, clean it up. Be rude, have a conversation about compassion.

Time to Refocus (from Tracy Schiffern)
Reflecting on the cause of the misbehavior are helpful for offenses in which a student should know the rule because it has been a rule since the child was in younger grades. When students become disengaged in learning, they may need to get back on track as soon as possible. No conference unless necessary."Time to Refocus" asks "What was my behavior?, What should I have been doing?, What did you do?, How did this make my teachers and classmates feel?, What problem(s) did your behavior cause for you, your classmates, and/ or others? How do you plan to change your behavior in the future?"

Apology of Action (similar to Time to Refocus) adapted from First 6 Weeks of School

The focus in the apology of action is making amends for behaviors. When students hurt other student's feelings or use bad judgment, they must confer 
with the teacher and discuss how they can make up for their choices. 

Students have time to learn from their mistakes. What could you have done differently?

This form goes home for a signature every time and is a record for the teacher and the student of agreements made.

Home/School Behavior or Academic Contract
The contract is a parent/school communication device. It is of the home/school partnership for student achievement.

Parents, students, and teacher meet to write a composition outlining the child's strengths and weaknesses at home and at school. This process helps students, parents and teachers identify positive skills that can overlap between home and school. 

Next, identify 2-3 behaviors that would be acceptable that are preferred in the classroom for the student be be successful then optionally 2-3 behaviors that need to be eliminated in order. FOCUS on the positive behaviors you need to see and praise every time you see them. 

The teacher will mark a combination of a 1or A, 2 or B, and 3 or C. The contract is the child's responsibility to carry around and discretely give to the teacher for input at appropriate times. At the end of the day, the contract goes home to parents and then parents sign it so that the teacher knows that the student has reviewed it with them. Parents and students set the consequences, rewards, and goals.


This is school-wide upper grade 3-6. It is a club held on Tuesday or Thursday that is a small group that role play to bring out specific skills in students. The video link explains it better than I can.
7 steps for Understanding PBIS


The list of positive consequences goes on and on. It is not limited to the list below:

Better grades
Understanding of concepts learned in school
Social Acceptance
Academic or Behavioral Awards
Increased metacognitive Awareness
Bear Bucks