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Re: Rules and Regulations


From: Felsecker (felsecker)
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 17:36:08 PDT

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    Thanks for your ideas! I knew I could count on all of you to help out!
    Barb F.
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    From: <ARTNSOUL12>
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
    Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 7:23 PM
    Subject: Re: Rules and Regulations

    > After reading many versions of "Rules and Regulations", I haven't noticed
    > Positive Reinforcements being included in the written text in the
    classroom.
    > I like to state the rules as simply as possible (3-5 seems to work best
    for
    > me). Next come the Consequences. Then, equally important in my classroom,
    the
    > Rewards are posted. I find that by posting the rewards (and a reward can
    be
    > as simple as a nice note home or a "great-news phone call home) I am
    putting
    > an equal emphasis on the positive. My "rules" are simliar to Maggie's;
    > Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Art Supplies. The other "R"
    word I
    > stress is Responsibility- I want the kids to know that each person is
    > responsible for his or herself. This is also in writing in my classroom.
    When
    > I 1st began teaching years ago, I had probably 12 rules that rambled on
    and
    > on. Not as effective as a few chioce words- who read all those wordy
    rules?
    > Until you got through it all.....!
    >
    > I am very interested in what others are doing for rewards; always looking
    for
    > new ideas. My philosophy is, if it works for you, do it!
    >
    > One of the most effective and fun "rewards" I have is a giant clear
    plastic
    > jar (shaped like a teddy bear) sitting on my desk which contains animal
    > crackers. Got it cheaply at Costo. I put a sign on it that reads in big
    red
    > letters "Cookie Compliments" . Often, when I catch a child following a
    rule,
    > being kind to another child, for example, I will ask him or her to take a
    > "Cookie Compliment". The idea that everyone wants to be "caught"
    following a
    > rule works so well with this reward business! I also do magic tricks as a
    > class reward and everyone throughout the year gets to be my Magician's
    > Assistant. So far that's worked great, grades k-5. Hey, they don't call me
    > Mrs. Magic Menkes for nothin' !! Susan on Long Island
    >
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