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Thanks for your ideas! I knew I could count on all of you to help out!
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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
> I like to state the rules as simply as possible (3-5 seems to work best
> me). Next come the Consequences. Then, equally important in my classroom,
> Rewards are posted. I find that by posting the rewards (and a reward can
> as simple as a nice note home or a "great-news phone call home) I am
> an equal emphasis on the positive. My "rules" are simliar to Maggie's;
> Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Art Supplies. The other "R"
> 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.
> I 1st began teaching years ago, I had probably 12 rules that rambled on
> on. Not as effective as a few chioce words- who read all those wordy
> Until you got through it all.....!
> I am very interested in what others are doing for rewards; always looking
> 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
> 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
> letters "Cookie Compliments" . Often, when I catch a child following a
> 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"
> 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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