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> Can I run this by you?
> I would like to write a simple rule list for my K-8 students to be
> in the front of my class. How does this sound?
> ART RULES
> BE KIND
> BE PATIENT
> BE HELPFUL
> WORK HARD
> Do you think I should add some more stuff? I would love your input on
This will be (perhaps) a little more difficult for your younger students
(but then it will be just as difficult for them to read and understand the
rules you're displaying), but how about this?
I work with juveniles in a judicial halfway house. Ages range from 13-18
and their offenses range from parole violation (p.v.), drug use and dealing,
to burglary and theft. Whenever we begin a new session with new boys, rules
is the first thing that we go over.
BUT WE HAVE THEM DEVELOP THE LIST OF RULES THEMSELVES.
For each rule they propose, or oppose, they need to give the justification
for it. You'd be surprised by how complete their list is! The class is
given the latitude of discussing the merits of each rule, appropriate
"punishment" or consequences for anyone breaking a rule, etc.
Try it; you might be very surprised, even by the young ones. It is not
necessary for them to be able to write or read, only talk and listen, skills
we encourage in any case. Trust them; someday they'll be making laws and
having to run the world.