Today was my first week back and it was great. I am excited about my class and the first three days of going over routines, rules and procedures went well. To introduce my three class rules I used my Thinking about the Rules Activity. Not only was this activity interactive, and engaging but allowed the students to use Thinking Maps. It was great to see the students take ownership of the 3 class rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. This activity led to a great discussion about classroom expectations and norms.
They started on their own in their teams coming up rules that they think we should have in our class.
I have had other teachers use this activity in the beginning of the year and they loved it as much as I did.Here are the worksheets that go with this activity…. Check it out and maybe you can start your year off with this activity too….