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Classroom Rules and Procedures for Preschool

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Instructor: Brian Fraga
In this lesson, we will look at classroom rules and procedures for preschool. We'll define what a rule is and look at examples of rules that you would want to consider for your classroom. We'll also look at procedures and the importance of teaching them to your students.

Classroom Management

As a preschool teacher, one of the biggest challenges you'll experience is classroom management. You're going to have to come out of the gate running on day one with rules and procedures for your classroom to ensure smooth sailing the remainder of the year.

Your students will be coming from different backgrounds. Some may have experience staying at a daycare setting while their parents worked and should be somewhat familiar with classroom rules and procedures. Other students may have always stayed at home with mom, or dad, or a caregiver who did not provide strict structure throughout the day. You'll also have students who fall somewhere in between and have had experience with some structure and rules throughout the day.

Structure means there are certain times during the day when the class will focus on a particular topic. For example: from 8:00 to 8:30, we eat breakfast. Then from 8:30 to 9:00 we practice writing letters. After that, from 9:00 to 9:30, is recess.

Classroom Rules

Let's take a look at what rules are. Rules provide an environment that is conducive for students to learn and they provide for the teachers sanity. They help eliminate distractions, disruptions, and poor behavior. Keep your rules short (no more than five), simple, and clear. This will make it easier for your students to understand and follow. Some example rules are:

  1. Listen and follow directions
  2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat
  3. Respect your classmates and your teacher
  4. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

You are going to want to have these rules clearly posted in your classroom. Also, it's recommended to include pictures of what each rule looks like. At this age, students aren't going to be able to read, but they'll understand the rule if they see an example of it.

As you go through each rule, model what that rule looks like. Also, show your students an example of what it doesn't look like. Think back to being in high school and attending your foreign language class for the first time. How did that teacher welcome you to class and how did she conduct that class? If your teacher was like mine, he or she would have begun to speak to you in a different language to immerse you with the new language, thus forcing you to settle into the class. Rules should be handled no differently.

Especially early on, you will have to refer back to the rules with your students, until they learn them well. Teaching classroom rules is just as important as teaching your students the alphabet or numbers. If you want them to be successful with following the rules, you're going to need to teach the rules to your students.

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