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A Lesson From My Fifth-Graders on How We Should Act

The first week of school is always so exciting. The kids are wearing their favorite back-to-school outfits and unpacking their shiny new school supplies. They’re soaking up everything you say in an effort to get a fresh start in their new grade.

One of my favorite first-week activities is when we create our class rules. We write the rules together and talk a lot about respect and trust. Their ideas about rules are always so interesting, and this year we put a little bit of a spin on it since their teacher is learning all about courage and communication. 🙂

At this point you might be thinking I’m typing on the wrong blog. This post seems like it belongs on my teaching blog- but what the kids came up with for rules taught me a life lesson about how to be successful. I love how the rules apply in Room 21 & in life.

Here’s what they came up with:

Most importantly and above all else- Be Considerate. Always be mindful of how your actions will impact others. All of our class rules fall under this umbrella.

Rule 1:
Set boundaries with your friends. If you don’t like the way you are being treated, say how you feel when they act that way. For example, say, “I feel hurt when you tease me about my height. Please don’t tell those kind of jokes.”

If your friend keeps breaking your boundary, try saying it again. Imagine you have an invisible marble jar for each friend. Every time they give you a compliment or do something kind for you, put a marble in their friendship jar in your mind. When they break boundaries, take one out. If someone continues to hurt you or break your trust, keep them at a distance.

You can be friendly without being best friends. Keep the friends with the most full marble jars the closest to you.

Rule 2:
Always give 100% to everything you do.

Rule 3:
Use your manners. Be respectful to everyone you meet. You never know what their day has been like!

Rule 4:
Don’t forget The Golden Rule. Treat others the way you hope to be treated.

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