"The whole trouble is that -- literally -- we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness, and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has His plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help Him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it: We cannot improve on God's plans." This Tremendous Lover, M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.R.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Classroom Rules and Expectations

This week I am starting to prepare classroom materials as well as prepare for our parent-teacher meeting that will be in just a few weeks. I am sharing today with you the poster that I made to convey the classroom rules for our group this year.

The actual rules came from The Catholic Tool Box, a resource that I recently shared with you. I put the poster together with stickers in the $1 bin at Walmart I found this week, then colorful markers.

I also decided to include pictures of each of the concepts below the written rules. I have quite a few pre-readers this year in my classes, so I wanted to be sure they had a visual for the rules as well.You can print the images that I used HERE as well.

I love that the rules are painted in a positive light: What we WILL do, instead of what we will NOT do. I am so easily bogged down in "no's" when I discipline, so this is a great reminder for me to stay positive, even while correcting behavior.

More to come on setting up your school year!


  1. Hi Jocelyn,

    I love your classroom rules -- simple and to the point! Do you mind if I borrow them to use in my 3rd grade catechism class this year? I've been looking for something simple and easy to understand, yet teaches respect for property and people. I think you hit it on the head!

  2. Cheryl, of course you can use this information! I would recommend looking at the link to Catholic Toolbox as well...she had some more detail about the rules for you.