Rules and laws help to keep us safe. Classroom rules teach this concept in a smaller scale. Students begin to learn social expectations as well in the classroom as well. By setting clear expectations, you are creating a positive learning environment. Classroom expectations should also include the use of manners. Manners are one way to show respect for others. Saying please and thank you are ways to be polite. As students learn rules and manners they are become less egocentric and more respectful to those around them. Setting high expectations for all your learners, including the use of manners, creates an environment that is nurturing and will foster greater learning. Using the RTI model so all students receive instruction and behavioral intervention at their level. Introducing manners in your classroom can be done effectively with these resources. There are several read a louds that can be used to reinforce the concept of rules and expectations for your classroom.
Manners, please! Why It Pays to be Polite
Squid and Pickles
"Helen and Ethan have a big surprise planned for Roy. Will he learn that manners matter? Character concept: Respect: Use good manners."
I Can Follow the Rules
If Kids Ruled the School
"This is one of the most popular collections of funny poetry for kids ever published. It’s a classic, because it’s the first collection of poems selected by kids! It includes clever creations from some of the most popular names in children’s poetry, including Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Judith Viorst, Bruce Lansky, and Jeff Moss. Humorous illustrations by Stephen Carpenter make this book even better."
Don't Be a Cheater